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Beaches, Birding, Baking and Bobbing Our Active Life section offers brilliant advice on what to do and see this month ISSUE 26 // AUGUST 2014

STA M FOR D & RU T L A N D’S SPORT A N D L E I S U R E M AGA Z I N E

THE GREAT OUTDOORS ISSUE 26 // AUGUST 2014

How to do DIY holidays on your doorstep

Wood Land

Why bowls is growing in popularity - for all ages

Puppy Love How to bring a new dog into your home

Car Shows and Cricket Festivals

The stars and cars come out in Baston, Stamford and Oakham www.theACTIVEmag.com 08

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WAKERLEY, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

£825,000

Bramley House is an attractive village home built in 2004 in local Stamford stone with a slate roof. The impressive façade overlooks the village lane whilst inside, the house has a spacious and elegant interior with excellent reception space, a stunning Kitchen & Breakfast Room and a light-filled Conservatory opening out to the pretty cottage-style garden. EPC Rating: C

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TICKENCOTE, RUTLAND

£399,500

Horseshoe Cottage is a delightful period cottage located in the heart of the pretty Rutland hamlet of Tickencote. Built around 300 years ago, the Grade II listed house has an attractive stone facade with low windows set either side of the front door under a Collyweston slate roof and, both inside and out, the house retains its period charm and character. EPC Rating: Exempt

KIMBOLTON, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

£2,000,000

Wornditch Farm is an charming Grade II listed period residence with excellent equestrian facilities set in approximately 20 acres of grounds which include landscaped gardens, fenced paddocks, farm buildings and extensive well-equipped stabling. The property’s facilities also include an indoor swimming pool and a one bedroom Annexe. EPC Rating: Exempt


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Editor’s Letter I SUPPOSE THERE’S ALWAYS TIME TO TURN some of your long-held assumptions on their head, and I’ll be the first to admit that I might be a bit stuck in my ways. So this past month has been especially instructive on this front. Firstly, camping and caravanning. Now, I’ll admit that previously, given the choice between staying at a five-star hotel with a high Egyptian cotton thread count, an all-you-can-eat buffet and free drinks at the poolside bar, or a few nights under canvas or in a plastic box with only a tin of Heinz beans and a sweaty sleeping bag for comfort, I know which one I’d go for. However, I have been shaken from my pampered existence by a whole new experience: the campervan. This month, I took the family on a local camping adventure and while I tried to point out that the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados is a perfectly good holiday destination, I think they had more fun in a van in a field in Uffington. And the worrying thing is, I think I might have too. Thing is, until you try something, you just never know, which is why we sent our intrepid writer Jeremy Beswick to peer into his dotage and try out bowls. Like me, I think he came away surprised that all is not quite as it might seem, and this is most definitely not a sport for just the older and genteel. Read his fascinating tale starting on page 42. So, my question is this: what new endeavour are you going to try this month? We’ve got lots of suggestions on the next 63 pages... Enjoy the issue.

Publisher Chris Meadows chris@theactivemag.com Editor Steve Moody steve@theactivemag.com Deputy Editor Mary Bremner mary@theactivemag.com Production Editor Julian Kirk julian@theactivemag.com Art Editor Mark Sommer mark@theactivemag.com Contributors Martin Johnson, William Hetherington, Sandie Hurford, Jeremy Beswick, Julia Dungworth Photographers Nico Morgan, Harry Measures, Jon Clarke, Pip Warters, Andy Balmford Production Assistant Abigail Sharpe Advertising Sales Rachel Meadows rachel@theactivemag.com Lisa Withers lisa@theactivemag.com Accounts Amy Roberts amy@theactivemag.com Active magazine, The Grey House, 3 Broad Street, Stamford, PE9 1PG. Tel: 01780 480789 A member of the Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce If you have information on a club then get in touch by emailing editor@theactivemag.com. If you would like to stock Active magazine then email distribution@ theactivemag.com. If you would like to discuss advertising possibilities please email advertise@ theactivemag.com Active magazine is published 12 times per year on a monthly basis. Distributed by Grassroots Publishing Ltd. ISSN 2049-8713

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Contents

ISSUE 26 /// AUGUST 2014

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NEWS 13 ON THE BEACH

A new sandy addition at Rutland Water

15 THINGS TO DO IN AUGUST

Bird watching, ice cream eating, comedy...

17 NUTRITION ADVICE

How to deal with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

18-19 HEALTH AND WELLBEING The latest on looking and feeling great

21 FROM HERE TO MONGOLIA...

The latest dispatch from our intrepid adventurers

25 FUND-RAISING CYCLE RIDE

Local riders raising money for the homeless

26-27 RUTLAND HEALTH INITIATIVE Council joins forces with Nordic Walking

28-29 KIT BAG

The latest gear and kit to help you get active

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31 MARTIN JOHNSON COLUMN

Cheating took centre stage at the recent World Cup

FEATURES 32-35 CLASSIC CARS

We check out the stars of the Baston Car and Bike Show

36-41 CAMPING AND CARAVANNING

Forget airport delays, try a low cost local holiday instead

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42-47 BOWLED OVER

Jeremy Beswick tries his hand at bowls

REGULARS 49 SPORTSMAN’S DINNER

Will Hetherington tries Clarke’s Restaurant in Peterborough

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50-51 GREAT WALKS

Will Hetherington heads out to Market Overton

54-55 COURSE NOTES

Steve Moody enjoys a round at Burghley Park Golf Club

56-59 SCHOOL SPORT

Our focus on the latest achievements from local pupils

60-66 ROUND-UP

How clubs in the Stamford and Rutland area are faring

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Sports Bash Friday Local ‘legends’, including Ajaz Akhtar, Jak Garner, John Meadows and Robin Vitas, took on cricket legends including ex-England stars Simon Jones, Alex Tudor, Adam Hollioake, Gladstone Small and Andrew Caddick, at this years Sports Bash, all once again organised by Stamford School cricket professional Dean Headley. Images from the event are for sale at http://burghleyimages. photoshelter.com and profits will be donated to The Matt Hampson Foundation. See p10 for Saturday’s pictures.

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In Play

Sports Bash Saturday Hundreds turned out to watch former players from Leicester Tigers take on a team representing Northampton Saints in a match to aid youngster Seb Goold, who was injured in an accident on the way home from a rugby tournament. Among the rugby stars were Tim Stimpson, Andy Goode and Freddie Tuilagi, along with commentary from George Chuter.

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Activelife GREAT THINGS TO DO, PLACES TO SEE, PEOPLE TO MEET // Edited by Mary Bremner

OUT AND ABOUT

Rutland-on-Sea The journey to the beach has just got much shorter. Rutland Water has opened its very own beach, open for all. Head to Sykes Lane at Empingham where the new beach is now open daily from 10am to 6pm. They’ve used 350 tonnes of sand to make a beach that’s 140 metres long with a shallow swimming area out to 20 metres. Lifeguards are on patrol and the café and toilets are nearby.

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Activelife FISHING

Where to hook a big one! Kilthorpe Pools in Ketton provides a great opportunity to catch an enormous fish. A one-acre specimen carp pond stocked with 35 carp weighing up to 42lbs, it is located in over 30 acres of parkland with views of the Collyweston Ridge. The fishing is available for up to three anglers at a price of £200 for 48 hours. You can camp or there’s a shepherd’s hut with wood burning stove. For anglers who want a bit more luxury, or who are bringing a partner along, there is also four star, silver accredited bed and breakfast accommodation available with complimentary bottle of bubbly, strawberries and chocolates. Best of all though is the fabulous breakfasts, made from locally sourced, organic produce. To contact Liesa ring 01780 721313 or 07743 100874 or follow her on facebook at Kilthorpe Pools.

KIDS’ FUN

Ketton Playschool praised A local playschool is celebrating achieving an outstanding rating from a recent Ofsted inspection. Ketton Playschool, based within the grounds of Ketton Primary School, has been classed as outstanding in every way. To quote the Ofsted report: ‘Teaching is outstanding. Staff consistently show high quality teaching skills and provide a rich, varied, challenging and imaginative range of learning opportunities. They have an excellent understanding of how children learn. As a result, children are extremely confident, enthusiastic learners’. The playschool has lots of outside space where the children spend a lot of time playing in sand, on logs, a rope swing and outdoor blackboards. They also have a growing area and even learn a little bit of French. They have space for 24 children and currently have some places still available in September. Penny Butcher, who runs the playschool, and was classed as ‘excellent and inspirational’ in the report says ‘I am so proud of my team, children and parents that I could cry. Thank you to everyone involved’.

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OUT AND ABOUT

5 things to do in August

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 The Bird Fair is back in town! The biggest birding event in Britain is on between August 15-17 at Egleton and, as it is so local, it’s a must for all birdwatchers and enthusiasts this month.  Walk down to the Meadows in Stamford (pictured below), grab an ice cream from the van and sit and enjoy the view of our fabulous town. Then feed the ducks (no white bread), kick a ball about and enjoy the local amenity. Whilst at the Meadows, why not have a go at fishing on the Welland? There are fishing decks situated along the river that are very well used.  The footballers let us down, Andy Murray was a disaster and we won’t talk about the cricket or cycling, so let’s turn to the women for a bit of sporting glory. The Women’s Rugby World Cup takes place in France between August 1-17. Last time England were the runners up, can they go a stage further this year? Prince Harry thinks so and is sending his support. Maybe it’s time to get on that ferry to bask in some reflected glory?

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 It’s August so it’s the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world. Hop on the train between August 8-31. There are just under 50,000 performances, more than 3,100 shows at 300 venues across the city – including local theatre company Shakespeare on the Run, who will be performing Bottom’s Dream at Greenside.

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Activelife NATURE

Allotment corner

Gardening August, sadly, can herald the beginning of autumn, weatherwise. The nights are noticeably drawing in and are getting colder. But August can be unpredictable when it comes to weather. It can be oen be a wet month with heavy dews but, equally, can bring hot dry spells. But whatever the weather the nights are drawing in and thoughts turn to autumn. The most important thing to do this month is make the most of your garden as it will be in full bloom. Glorious colours and fabulous scents will abound so enjoy them. Remember to carry on watering if the weather is dry. And make sure if you are going away to get someone to pop in to water your pots. You don’t want all your hard work to go to ruin because of lack of water, and, as you know, it doesn’t take long for plants in a pot to begin to shrivel. Deadhead roses and sweet peas to encourage new flowers and deadhead other flowering plants regularly. Do not feed roses as this will encourage late growth that will not be hardy enough for the winter. Prune summer flowering shrubs. Collect seeds from favourite plants for next year.

If the weather is wet towards the end of the month propagate perennials by dividing them once they have finished flowering. Don’t do this until the weather is wetter or you will have drying out problems. Take cuttings from tender perennials such as pelargonium, geraniums and marguerites. Buy or order your spring flowering bulbs (the ones that you were thinking about last month whilst sat in the sun in the garden).

August is the month of plenty when it comes to the allotment. All your hard work should have come to fruition and you will be reaping the benefits. Daily trips should see you harvesting peas, beans, carrotts, courgettes, beetroot, sweetcorn, plums, tomatoes, potatoes, onions and maybe even the odd early apple. So lots to do in the kitchen, if not the garden. Dry out onions, shallots and garlic so they can be stored over the winter. Keep picking runner beans and courgettes regularly as they seem to grow overnight. Once you have harvested broad beans, onions and shallots you will have space to plant out over-wintering crops such as Brussels sprouts, spring cabbages and winter cauliflowers. Now is the ideal time to plant new strawberry plants, but remember to put them in soil that’s not grown strawberries for the last three years. Weed and water are the main jobs this month. And then start to cut back and clear out the crops that have gone over ready for more planting.

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NUTRITION

Coping with Irritable Bowel Syndrome Rutland-based nutrionist Imogen Shaw talks about IBS

Are you suffering from IBS? I always knew that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) was common, but recently it seems that everywhere I go I hear people complaining about symptoms which I’m 99% certain are down to IBS. And with figures showing that up to 20% of the population suffer from IBS, it’s no wonder. That means I can pretty much guarantee that either you or someone you know is suffering from it. So, what sort of symptoms might indicate that you could be suffering with IBS? A few are:  Bloating, especially aer eating  Changes in bowel movements – constipation or diarrhoea (or even both)  Stomach cramping or pain  Excessive wind  An urgent need to go to the toilet. The main problem with IBS is that it is very much an umbrella term for a range of digestive problems which can make it very confusing to know how to manage it. Unlike other conditions there are no ‘black and white’ rules for IBS sufferers. I find that everyone with IBS is different, and suffers differently, so needs to work on an individual basis to find out what works for them. If you suffer from IBS I can work with you on an individual and confidential basis to work out your personal IBS ‘triggers’ and help you to manage, and even alleviate, your symptoms through dietary and lifestyle changes. You might feel embarrassed to come and talk to me about your bowel movements but, trust me, it’s something I do every day with clients so is quite normal for me! IBS is something you don’t have to suffer with, so book in for a one-to-one session with me and let’s get you back in control of your condition. To contact Imogen, or to make an appointment at her Tinwell practice go to www.shawnutrition.co.uk or telephone 07854 252437.

ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET, GO! Active’s Chris Meadows and Lucy Eayrs are in training for the Perkins Great Eastern Run. Here’s this month’s training update

2014

The training’s going well. Having continued to do a six-miler and a four-miler each week Tim, from Run4Fun, thought it was time to step it up a gear again. So out we went mid-June to Uffington, Barnack, Pilsgate and along the footpaths into Burghley Estate, nipping into the back of Burghley Park Golf Club and back down the hill to home. Eight and a half miles – amazing - and, to my delight, I could have kept going! Our pace was pretty slow though, but Tim is always insistent that it’s about getting miles under the belt and running either distance or speed, but not both together. It was also good to save the joints, do a bit off road and see different scenery. Considering a fair amount was ‘off-piste’ over rough footpaths and farmland it was nothing to be ashamed of: 8½m in 1.34.24 (11.06m/m). What this run proved to me is that I can do this. I got over the half way mark with fuel in the tank and ran for over 90 minutes. But what made a huge difference was that I was running with someone who helped manage my pace. I’m always too keen at the start and find I burn out half way through a run. Not good as this tends to leave me in the middle of nowhere with little energy to get home, never ideal. Having Tim with me to control my speed meant I made the full distance. The good news is that this year pacers are being introduced for the first time, so I’ll be able to latch on to the two hour pacer and hopefully keep up with him. I have a feeling though that the way Lucy is progressing she might still have a bit of a wait at the finish line for me. It has been a little trickier to run this month due to work commitments and Lucy and I have been on holiday (where we got engaged). The celebrations and call of wine and cheese in France was difficult to say no to, sorry Imogen, but we had a good excuse! The trainers were packed though, never thought I’d say that! Hopefully it won’t have had a big impact on my training as that would be disappointing. To atone for our sins we had best get along to the free training sessions, which continue through August. The next one is on August 6. All sessions start at 7pm at Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track. Let us know if you’re entering the Perkins Great Eastern Run too, and if you haven’t signed up yet, why not give it a go? There’s still plenty of time to train. Lucy and I have decided to run for Anna’s Hope, so any sponsorship you are able to provide will certainly be going to a great cause. We have set up a Justgiving page to make it easer to donate – http://www.justgiving.com/pger2014. Or to make it even easier just text PGER77 £2 (or an amount you’d like to donate) to 70070. It couldn’t be any easier than that…so no excuses. See you next month. Join Chris and Lucy and enter the Perkins Great Eastern Run at www. perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk.

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Activelife

Health and Wellness Everything a woman needs to be fit, healthy and fantastic

// Edited by Sandie Hurford

HOLIDAYS: Thrifty travellers spend less than £100 on holiday ‘essentials’ British holidaymakers heading off for two weeks in the sun this year would rather make do and mend than splash their hard-earned cash on brand new holiday essentials, such as clothes, toiletries and swimwear. With just over one in four of us (26%) happy to hold on to our swimwear for more than four years, it seems that some Brits prefer to dig out their comfy old favourites from the back of the wardrobe than buy brand new clothes and swimwear each holiday season. And despite the cliché that many men take one trusty pair of swimming trunks on holiday, both men and women take a similar amount of swimwear on their summer holiday – up to five each. Just over a quarter of men questioned (27%) in a survey by UK holiday rentals website Owners Direct are also worried about their partner’s

holiday spending habits but actually, women spend only half what men estimate. And it seems that when it comes to treating ourselves to brand new designer clothes, sunglasses, bikinis and bags, most UK holidaymakers would rather make do and mend, saving hard-earned cash for meals out and day trips. Just under two-thirds of holidaymakers (59%) are setting themselves a budget of less than £100 to spend on essential clothes and toiletries before heading off for two weeks in the sun, whilst 10% don’t buy anything new at all. Only 10% of people are prepared to double their clothes and toiletries budget to £200 or more. With some designer tote bags costing over £300 and a pair of Aviator Ray Bans setting you back at least £100, designer holiday items may not be on many people’s holiday wish lists this year.

British holidaymakers are also sticking religiously to luggage restrictions to avoid paying excess baggage charges, with 65% of those questioned saying their luggage weighs no more than 20kg. Around 13% are happy to travel light, taking just 15kg of luggage, making the most of new smaller and lighter cabin friendly luggage. Only 4% are prepared to blow their budget on excess baggage charges, taking up to 31kg of holiday ‘essentials’. Karen Mullins, Owners Direct marketing director, says: “Holidaymakers can save themselves money by choosing a self-catering holiday. Staying in a holiday rental that’s suitable for your needs can be considerably cheaper than a hotel and offers flexibility, giving holidaymakers more choices, such as whether they decide to eat out or cook at home.”

Thrifty tips ■ Don’t forget to check in online and print our your boarding cards in advance if travelling with a low-cost airline ■ Travel hand luggage only where you can and always follow baggage rules to ensure you don’t end up paying additional costs for being over the allowed weight ■ Decant your toiletries from home into travel-sized bottles rather than paying inflated prices for mini travel toiletries ■ Consider a credit card designed for overseas spending to avoid being caught out by fees ■ Avoid paying to pre-book seats on the plane ■ Take your own food with you on low-cost flights ■ Take hand-luggage toiletries in your own clear plastic bags to avoid paying for a bag at the airport ■ Pre-book airport transfers rather than taking a taxi when you arrive

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The staycation is here to stay

Planning his next break: a recent study has found that parents leave holiday decisions to their children

HOLIDAYS: Kids come first and make the decisions Parents will sacrifice their own pleasures and relaxation time to please their kids on holiday, according to a new survey. Instead of leaving their offspring in the kids’ club so they can lie by the pool and sip cocktails whilst reading the latest blockbuster, parents prefer to spend quality time with their children doing the activities chosen by them. Holiday rental company HomeAway.co.uk reveals that children rule the roost on holiday, deciding what trips and activities to do (65%), what meals to eat (50%) and whether to go to the beach or stay by the pool (60%). Parents are quite happy to hand over the reins to their children, because their kids need a break just as much as they do. Over three-quarters of parents (76%) believe holidays are an important time for children, according to HomeAway.co.uk’s study in association with UKMums.tv. Only 15% of those questioned said they felt pressured to take their children on expensive, action-packed or exotic holidays. Just under half of parents are prepared to sacrifice lying by the pool with a good book to do things their kids want on holiday, whilst nearly

40% are happy to give up adult-only meals and some grown-up conversation. A further 8% willingly give up visiting attractions, whilst only a tiny 6% say they refuse to sacrifice anything. As one parent explained: “Holidays are extremely important family time. I would not expect any part of it to be child-free – my children would be involved in everything.” Over 40% of parents also admitted that they themselves were not allowed any input in the planning of the family holiday. The study, carried out in March with over 1,100 parents, found that just over a quarter of people believe children should be allowed to make these important holiday decisions from as young as five. “Children need a break from school pressures as much as we do from work – in our hectic lives they need downtime too,” said one parent. Michele Bates, director of UKMums.tv, said “It is great to see that many parents want to be together on holiday with their children and enjoy their time as a family. “Many parents prefer not to leave children in the hands of holiday clubs and make their own entertainment together.”

Ask someone where they’ve holidayed in the last three years and chances are they will say ‘in the UK’, according to a study which suggests the staycation is now a firm favourite for British families. The number of UK holidaymakers choosing a domestic break has remained at a steady 80% since 2012 and looks set to continue. Only one in five of us still don’t consider staying in the UK for a holiday. Of those questioned by self-catering holiday specialists cottages4you, 68% claimed that the Olympics and Jubilee celebrations hadn’t changed their opinion of the UK, suggesting our affection for the British break was already well established. According to the poll, the most popular reason for holidaying at home was its affordability (43%), closely followed by a desire to explore the British countryside (41%). In third place was the ease of travelling (40%) with another 17% admitting hidden airline costs had put them off overseas travel. One in ten worried about the economic instability of Europe and 16% said they were concerned about safety in some overseas locations. Cornwall was crowned the UK’s favourite holiday destination, followed by the Lake District and Scotland. London came seventh, with one in 10 planning to holiday there next year. Nick Rudge, managing director at cottages4you, said: “This is a great boost for domestic tourism with many families now taking an annual British break, whether it’s their main summer holiday or in addition to an overseas trip.” Top 10 places for a 2014 staycation 1. Cornwall 6. Yorkshire Dales 2. Lake District 7. London 3. Scotland 8. Blackpool 4. Devon 9. Norfolk 5. Wales 10. Whitby

Stop biting insects in their tracks Protecting skin from ravenous mosquitoes and other biting insects could be easier this summer following the launch of the Don’t Bite Me Patch. Using a natural blend of Vitamin B1 and Aloe Vera, the clear topical patch is applied to the skin and actively deters the unwanted attention of those pesky bugs that just won’t stop biting. No more chemical sprays or sticky lotions, just a simple, easy and discreet adhesive patch that provides up to 36 hours of guaranteed protection.

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FROM HERE TO MONGOLIA Three ex-Stamford School boys – Andy Bichan, Rory Langan and Ben Lovell – have gained a place on the Mongol Rally and will be telling about their adventures. This month is all about getting ready for the off! It’s less than 10 days to go now. By the time you read this we will have set off. We have had to be, and do, a lot more organising than we thought. It’s been a steep learning curve and a busy few months, all just to get a car to Mongolia! Finding a car, buying it, countless insurance company phone calls for car and travel, an insubordinate number of obscure visa requests, finding and buying parts, and getting dirty fitting them, making a sump guard, blog updates, charity and sponsorship fund-raising, route planning, kit list checking, croquet practicing, collecting a myriad of other various gubbins. It’s not been easy but we’ve really enjoyed it, learnt a lot and shall appreciate the trip all the more because of it. Money has been a primary point of discussion with the obvious lack of ATMs. How much will we need allowing for bribes, fuel costs, and eventful border crossings once deep in Central Asia? And where are we going to keep all this cash? So we’ve been planning various hiding places for our dollars in the car. American cigarettes are also an essential friend-making commodity according to previous participants. Important documents and photocopies will be kept safe too. Other luggage we’ve got to stash away is two spare wheels kindly fitted with excellent new tyres courtesy of Welland Tyres in Stamford. A collapsible spade for digging out any cars that might get stuck in the sand (or possible snow in Mongolia?!). A jerry can for fuel and a jerry can for water. A box of tools for dealing with mechanical problems that hopefully do not arise. Tents, sleeping bags and a camp stove. Keeping clothes

and electronics to a minimum to save space, but including Rory’s laptop and a camera to save precious moments - all charged from the cigarette lighter. A small amount of food for when it gets more remote and there aren’t any shops. And various other gear from toiletries to torches, brillo pads to bin bags, not forgetting our croquet set. And the three of us, or course! It will be a squeeze and we’ll be experts at packing by the time we return. Aer the signing in we set off from Tower

Bridge the next morning to embark on the road trip of a lifetime. Twenty countries, four mountain ranges, three deserts, two seas; a route spanning around 9,000 miles, all in a 1997 1.0 litre lunchbox on wheels. And then Ben and I are driving back. We are still looking for sponsorship so if you are interested contact us (andybichan@gmail. com). Fund-raising for charity has snowballed very successfully too – you can donate at www. justgiving.com/kccmongolrally. Follow our blog at http://kccmongolrally.blogspot.co.uk

NATURE

Know your crop: wheat First grown in the Middle East and Turkey over 10,000 years ago, wheat is now grown worldwide and is the third largest crop behind rice and maize. World trade in wheat is greater than all other crops combined. Wheat was a key factor to the development of cities at the start of civilisation as it was the first crop that could be easily cultivated on a large scale. The Babylonian and Assyrian empires owe much of their existence to wheat. Because the plant can cope with extremes of temperature it can be grown from near the Arctic to the equator and from sea level to the plains of Tibet at approximately 13,000 feet above sea level. It is certainly the most popular cereal grown in this area,

predominantly winter wheat which is sown in the autumn. You can tell it from barley as it ripens later so, is the last cereal crop to turn golden. If you get close to it you will see that it has much larger, fatter ears (heads) than barley. Wheat is split into two types, milling and feed. Milling wheat goes off to the mills to make flour for bread and pasta whilst feed wheat is used for animal feed. Wheat is also used to make beer. Both types are grown locally. Combined later than barley, the harvesting of wheat will start towards the end of July depending on the weather and amount of sun. Wheat straw was commonly used for thatching, and certain varieties still are today.

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WELLBEING

Naturally uplifting

OUT AND ABOUT

Love Stamford! Did you know that there’s a lovely new play area and coffee shop in the middle of Stamford? No, nor did we, but since opening at Easter Love Stamford in Broad Street has become a firm favourite with those in the know. As well as there being lots of independently run local shops such as children’s clothes store Bubble & Squeak and fabric and sewing shop Fabricadabra, there’s a fabulous coffee shop serving good coffee and home made cakes and a children’s so play area. The ethos of Love Stamford is to support independently owned businesses creating a community environment where people can shop locally and support their neighbours. A key focus is also supporting local charities, their current one is 10kforOlly. This is a campaign set up in memory of toddler Oliver Scholes who died of a rare blood disorder. His family wanted to raise £10,000 for the Histiocytosis Research Trust aer Oliver died in June 2012 of haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis six days aer his brother Toby was born. They have now raised more than £25,000 for the charity. Love Stamford and Bubble & Squeak are doing their bit by running a photography competition. They are now inviting people to come into Love Stamford between August 11-29 to cast their vote with the winners being announced at the end of the month.

FOOD

Secret bakers The Stamford Clandestine Cake Club does what it says on the cake tin – meets once a month in secret locations, in Stamford, to eat cake. A bunch of amateur bakers get together in secret, each bringing the cake they baked at home, made to a particular theme – such as Retro Sweet Shop, Around the World in 80 Cakes, Harvest Festival, and Perfect for a Picnic. It’s the ideal way to socialise and scoff sweet treats in different locations around this great

Georgian town. The club has been hosted at Love Stamford, The Crown, Burghley House, and The Cosy Club, among others, with members only finding out the day before the event where they will go. New members are welcome – email the organiser, Sophie Douglas, on stamfordccc@ gmail.com or visit www.clandestinecakeclub.co. uk for more details. CCC now has more than 200 clubs running around the world.

Do you look in the mirror and think you could benefit from a bit of a nip and a tuck, but would never contemplate going under the knife? If that’s the case the natural faceli massage might be just the thing you are looking for. Estelle Allen a qualified reflexologist is launching the technique this month in Stamford and Rutland. But what is a natural faceli massage? A therapy founded by London’s Purple Turtle Academy, Estelle tells us that it works on many levels. An holisitic therapy it works on the mind, body and spirit to maintain homeostasis (a constant internal environment). It gives excellent results and is oen looked on as a natural alternative to surgery, botox or fillers. To find out for yourself Estelle is offering an introductory course of six treatments for the price of five. Estelle works from home in Rutland 01572 811504 or at Snowdens in Stamford 01780 762244

MUSIC

Party band Zebra, one of the UK’s top party bands based in Spalding have been entertaining the nation for over 30 years with their fantastic music and witty banter. Combined with their resident DJ, Zebra are an awesome combination for any wedding, ball, party, prom, sporting dinner or corporate event. Now is the time to start planning your event and the biggest decision you are going to make is your choice of entertainment. Zebra are good – when your guests all get up to dance to the sound check you know it’s going to be a great night! Get in touch by calling Mark on 07961521727 or visit the website www. zebraband.co.uk.

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Activelife OUT AND ABOUT

Charity ride for homeless If you’ve ever wondered why Charing Cross is called Charing Cross… If you are puzzled as to what places like Lincoln, Stamford, Northampton and Dunstable have in common… What is that funny spike thing down by the Meadows? If you can ride a bike… Join the Queen Eleanor Charity Cycle Ride this August Bank Holiday weekend raising money for a London homeless person’s charity. Cyclists are being invited to take part in this year’s 200-mile Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride which will run from Friday, August 22, to Monday, August 25. It’s not a race but a fun sociable ride through some of England’s finest countryside. The trip will follow the route of the 12 Queen Eleanor crosses erected by King Edward I to commemorate his Queen. Riders will visit Lincoln Cathedral, Grantham, Stamford, Fotheringhay, Geddington, Northampton, Stony Stratford, Woburn, Dunstable, St Albans, Waltham Abbey, Cheapside and Charing Cross, with a final visit to Queen Eleanor’s tomb in Westminster Abbey. When Queen Eleanor died in Harby near Lincoln in 1290, the King ordered that a cross be created at every overnight stop during the procession bringing her body back to London. Only three of the original crosses remain, over half of the total being destroyed by parliament aer the Civil War. Charing Cross is actually a replica and the name comes from the French, Chere Reine, or Dear Queen. Keith Busfield, who is one of the team of organisers this year, said: “It is a really nice ride,

largely following country lanes and split into groups for all abilities. It provides an insight in to our history with a really friendly bunch of people supporting a wonderful cause.” Money is raised through sponsorship, with funds supporting the work of The Connection at St Martin’s in Trafalgar Square, which helps

homeless people. Cyclists also pay a registration fee which covers accommodation and food with a discounted fee for early bookings. There are 30 places on the ride. To take part in the event, register at www. queeneleanorcycleride.org.uk or email queeneleanorcycle@gmail.com

OUT AND ABOUT

A splashing time Have some great fun this summer splashing around on inflatable floats, enjoy the one and two man zorbs and race in the mini boats. Great fun for the over fives and extremely popular. To join in the fun head to the Regional fitness and swimming centre in Peterborough. Sessions run daily until September 3. Remember children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call 01733 864 760 or email regionalpool@vivacity-peterborough. com

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Activelife WELLBEING

Rutland health initiative NATURE

How to spot a great crested grebe

Rutland County Council has joined forces with Nordic Walk It (www.nordicwalkit.co.uk) to provide opportunities for those with health conditions or who have completed exercise referral programmes to start and carry on physical activity through Nordic Walking. The new programme offers eight weeks of Nordic Walking for the price of four with twice as many organised walks included. For £20 you will get one to one support, group walks, and all equipment provided, including poles. You can attend for a minimum of 16 sessions which works out at £1.25 per session. But why Nordic Walking? What’s so good about it? It is one of the fastest growing fitness activities in the world and is so effective it is recommended by the NHS for weight loss and rehabilitation aer surgery, injury or illness. Suitable for anyone, whatever their age or fitness it is an enhancement of ordinary walking and doesn’t put strain on any limbs whilst using all the major muscles. The poles make it easier to move faster than normal without pressure on knees and joints. Try it for yourself and see the benefits. To qualify for this particular programme applicants must live in Rutland and be able to exercise without medical supervision, have a controlled medical condition, completed an exercise referral programme or been recommended by their doctor. For more information about this programme or Nordic Walking in general ring Jo Douglas on 07949 392018.

The great crested grebe is our most distinctive water bird when in its striking breeding plumage. This mallard-sized bird has a long neck, pointed bill, is brownish-black above and white below. It sports a tued black crown and frill of black and chestnut feathers around the face. It is a true water bird, long and lean with legs placed well back to power it under water when it dives for fish. Larger water bodies are its favoured habitat – locally Rutland Water and Eyebrook Reservoir but also Burghley Park where a pair usually breeds, drawing attention to themselves with their raucous calls and fascinating head-shaking display. The nest is a pile of water plants in shallow water or anchored to branches of waterside willows. The clutch of three or four eggs is covered by water weed when the incubating bird leaves to feed, to hide them from prying crows. They hatch into humbug striped chicks which oen hitch a ride on an adult’s back as the other parent brings small fish for them – an ideal upbringing! Aer breeding, the spectacular head plumage is lost and the birds gather in large numbers on reservoirs or the sea. Hard winters have brought over 800 to Rutland Water.

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SWIMMING

Bobbing babies

EVENT

Want to be in on a secret? The Secret Vintage Fair is coming to the area. Set up originally in Essex/Suffolk in 2012 by the founder, Lucy Craymer, who was disappointed with other fairs she had traded at and thought she could do better, they have now expanded into this area too. Its first foray into the area will be on September 20th at a secret location somewhere on the Lincolnshire/Cambridgeshire border. Lucy says ’the best way to stay informed is to sign up to our mailing list, via our website to be the first to find out any news and information on our fairs and secret locations’. At the fair there will be a full entertainment schedule, activities and workshops, vintage tea room and lots of vintage and handmade traders.

Lucy told us: “We only choose the finest vintage purveyors to trade with us, so as a customer you can be sure of finding only quality vintage, pre-loved, handmade and up-cycled goods.’ The location of the fair is always kept secret until a week before the event and is released first to those on the Secret Vintage mailing list. The event always supports a charity with a proportion of the door fee being donated, along with a raffle. Trader applications are still open, those interested in having a stall should contact Lucy on stallholders@secretvintagefair.com To find out the secret venue go to www. secretvintagfair.com or facebook page www. facebook.com/TheSecretVintageFair where you will also find Twitter and email details.

FUNDRAISING

Ain’t no mountain high enough Emergency staff nurse Darren Hipwell from Stamford is taking on the challenge of trekking to base camp of Mount Everest to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation. He used to work on the cardiac unit and lost his grandfather at a young age to a heart attack so he has a vested interest in the charity. The trek takes place in March 2015 and Darren hopes to raise £3,000 or more. In order to raise funds Darren has set himself various challenges. He will be doing the Three Peaks and a coast to coast cycle ride amongst others. In order to donate you can visit Darren’s Justgiving site at www.justgiving.com/Darren-Hipwell

Tragically, drowning remains the third highest cause of accidental death among children in the UK, with 33% of child drownings occurring in or near the home. Yet a survey undertaken by Water Babies revealed that just one in five parents have taught their child to be safe in the water, with 40% admitting it’s not something they’ve ever considered. And with more under 5s knowing how to play a computer game than swim, it’s vital to get your little one into a pool as soon as you can. With progressive training, even very young babies can be taught life saving skills, such as turning onto their backs or, following a sudden submersion, swimming to the nearest solid object. “Swimming is one of the most complete and beneficial activities, as well as being one of the few things you can do from birth,” explains Chris, who runs Water Babies classes across Leicestershire and Rutland, “as long as the water’s warm enough. Generally, however, babies start swimming with us at around six weeks, when their mums feel able to bring them.” Swimming is excellent for stimulating your baby’s eating and sleeping patterns. The multi- award winning Water Babies course teaches using voice commands and learning to respond to these is excellent for your baby’s mental development. Lessons last half an hour, and although they might look very gentle, provides your baby with a complete physical work out – exercising and strengthening lots of muscles they’d never even find on land! It’s also fantastic for strengthening the bond between the two of you. Lots of mums (and dads) find that becoming confident in water makes them more confident on land. Others say the best thing is finding an activity to do together that they and their baby both enjoy. With an emphasis on having fun, lessons are generally very sociable occasions and oen your session will extend beyond the pool as you and the rest of your class move to the nearest café for coffee and cake – or an ice-cream in the park whilst (blissfully) most of your babies doze. For more information on Water Babies classes near you, call Chris or Charlie on 01664 567302, email surhewave@ waterbabies.co.uk or visit www. waterbabies.co.uk

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Feature /// Gear

Kitbag Polar Loop

The latest kit to keep you active this summer

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Zoggs Little Squirts

Squeeze the figures and they squirt water! With four different toys included, this game is designed to encourage and build confidence in the water, allowing little ones to get use to feel of water (and have fun too!) Price £9.00 From Water Babies

Trek Emonda SLR6 2015 road bike

The Trek Emonda SLR6 is the lightest road bike in its class, with a frame weighing just 690g. A featherlight 700 Series carbon frame, full Ultegra set and a beautiful white paint job complete this classy look. Price £4,299 From Rutland Cycling

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Motocaddy S1

The Motocaddy S1 offers a sporty look thanks to handle grips and low-profile wheels, while an easy-to-use speed control/on-off button with nine speed settings ensures the trolley is simple to operate for all golfers. Price £299.99 From To Country House Hotel and Golf Club

Alri Industries HUMA PRO 667g

Huma pro protein supplements help those looking to help support the increase of lean muscle mass or lose unwanted body fat. It’s ideal for endurance, performance or strength athletes and costs less per serving than other proteins. Huma Pro is also vegan friendly, and contains no gluten, soy, sugar, lactose or heavy metals. Price £47.99 From Stamford Sports Nutrition

Speedo BioFUSE Power Paddle

These paddles are designed to create water resistance, making your arms, shoulders and back work harder for improved speed, muscle tone and stroke technique. Distance per stroke is especially important for long-distance swimming and triathlons to conserve energy and maintain speed. Using BioFUSE Power Paddles encourages high elbows and proper hand entry into the water to make your stroke technique more efficient. From Speedo.co.uk Price £15

Etxeondo Biko Tx Men’s Bibshort

The Etxeondo Biko Tx Men’s Bibshort combines elasticity with a pleasant fit to create a pair of discrete and attractive bib shorts. Price £99.99 From Rutland Cycling

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Guest column

A festival of cheating with a complete lack of morals Martin Johnson is unimpressed by the antics at the World Cup edical science continues to make tremendous advances, and scarcely a weekend passes by without picking up a newspaper to read about some breakthrough or other. You know the sort of thing... laboratory mouse gets injected with anti-Alzheimer’s serum, and bingo! All of a sudden it remembers where it left that piece of cheese. Does it not, therefore, strike you as anything short of remarkable that the best medical brains on the planet have still to discover precisely what it is that makes professional footballers keep falling over? And for no apparent reason. I, for one, am anxious to discover whether people who fall over a lot become footballers, or whether people who become footballers then find they suddenly start falling over. The sooner those boffins stop trying to cure cancer for a minute, and pay more attention to the really serious stuff, the better. When this football tournament in Brazil finally came to an end, I picked an assortment of newspapers to discover that I had spent an entire month watching such a feast of entertainment that I could count myself thrice blessed. Strange, I thought. I could have sworn I’d been watching such a festival of cheating that when it finally boiled down to the nitty gritty stages, it was merely a question of which team I wanted to lose least. The strange thing about footballers is that – in keeping with the general impression of their collective intellect – they appear to have little or no idea that there are several television cameras all trained on them at the precise moment they hurl themselves to the ground, or sink their teeth into an opponent’s neck. And then, when the victim peels off his jersey to reveal the imprint of a buck toothed vampire’s top set of molars, his country’s football federation declare that it is all a wicked plot to destabilise their campaign. Slightly spoiled of course when the culprit finally coughed, albeit only in a manner which suggested that his teeth had a life of their own, and that they, rather than him, were very sorry. Even now, the players of Real Madrid, Seville and Bilbao are wondering nervously whether they might be next on the menu. They won’t need a ref for Barcelona’s matches so much as a waiter. “So, let’s see now, sir. The grilled Ronaldo to start, and fillet of Bale for the entrée. An excellent choice I must say, and may I take the liberty of recommending the Rioja to go with them?”

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I was driving back from a cricket match recently, and listening to one of the football matches on the radio, when my eye was caught by a road sign declaring how many fatal accidents had occurred on that stretch of road over the previous 12 months. And it got me wondering whether it wouldn’t be a good idea to apply the same warning at footie matches. You would, of course, place the sign just inside the penalty area, as that is where – pure co-incidence, I’m sure – most of the accidents, take place. “Warning: “257 incidents of players falling over in this area during the last 12 months. Enter at your own risk.” There are several ways to stop all this, but my own personal solution would be to make it compulsory for all footballers falling over to be instantly flown to hospital by air ambulance, and left to lie on a trolley in a draughty corridor for about eight hours until an doctor finally gets round to examining them. It’s not a new phenomenon, I hear you say, for footballers to fall over more often than usual during World Cups, and I’d have to agree. However, the thing that’s changed is exactly how they come to find themselves flying off their feet. In this World Cup I watched one player go down in apparent agony after the ball caught him a glancing blow – more of a kiss really – on the cheek. Down he went, clearly in the final throes of what appeared to be arsenic poisoning, only to make a miraculous recovery a few seconds later. By comparison, let’s examine the 1966 World Cup which had its fair share of players rolling around clutching their leg. The difference though was that they had just been tackled by Nobby Stiles, and it was perfectly legitimate for them to be examining their leg, if only to make sure that it was still attached to the body. Any faint belief that football still clings to some small vestige of morality disappeared when Holland sent on a specialist goalkeeper for a penalty shoot out specifically to specialise in trying to put off the penalty taker by jumping in front of him, and calling him names. However, in fairness, not all footballers at the World Cup were cowards. In fact, I’ve never seen anything braver than the Uruguayan team all hugging each other when they scored a goal. Personally, I’d have been terrified that my ear lobes would have resembled a tasty snack – and I’ve been waking up at night with the same recurring nightmare. I’ve just scored for Uruguay, and as I look up, there’s Louis. Saliva dripping from his mouth, with one hand tying a napkin around his neck, and the other clutching a bottle of ketchup.

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Feature /// Classic cars

Classics on parade Every year local car and bike enthusiasts take their pride and joy to the Baston Car and Bike Show. Harry Measures joined them Photography: Harry Measures

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aston Car and Bike Show, rather as the name suggests, is a show for cars and bikes in the picturesque village of Baston, just outside of Stamford. It is held annually in July and last year attracted around 400 vehicles and 3,000 people. The event has gradually grown in size over the last few years and now includes stalls from manufacturers offering brand new vehicles for purchase, as well as a great selection of cars and bikes from the surrounding area. There was a fantastic range of vehicles on display, and I decided to find out more about some of them. The first car to catch my eye was David Kiddler’s 1935 MG N/A Magnette, which has been in his family since the 1950s. It was left to him by his father, and following a 20-year period of storage was re-commissioned last year, keeping the car completely original. In contrast to the MG, Simon Frisky from Stamford was

exhibiting his Nissan GTR Black Edition, which he has owned for just three weeks. A stunning low mileage car, it is his weekend toy. He said he has always wanted one and finally decided to take the plunge! As far as daily drivers go, Fly’s 1964 Porsche 356 Coupe is fairly special. It was bought 20 years ago to drive and enjoy, rather than sit in a garage! Fly says he covers around 10,000 miles a year, which for a 50-year old Porsche is remarkable. It was originally a US car but was imported prior to his ownership. The car has been lowered by about four inches and has a sports exhaust, and so can be classed as an ‘Outlaw’ 356. From a slightly modified classic to a perfect restoration, I moved to Rodger Green who had come in his Mk I Ford Capri 2.6 GT, which is a RS2600 pre-production lightweight replica. He’s owned the car for the last 20 years and over a nine-year period restored it to its current state as a RS2600 replica.

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Neil Taylor with his fully restored 1952 Land Rover, subject of a nut and bolt restoration; Stuart Sandall’s stunning Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 2; a host of classic bikes were on display at the event; Chris and Sue Hull with their 1967 Lambretta

Another flawless restoration came courtesy of Neil Taylor’s 1952 Land Rover 80”. Acquired by Neil in 2008 in a very sorry state from a friend’s farm, it was pulled out of the hedge it had been parked in for last 10 years. What followed was a complete nut and bolt restoration which culminated in 2011 when it passed it’s first MOT since 1992. Among the many immaculate classic bikes on display, Chris and Sue Hull’s 1967 Lambretta SX150 stood out. Chris had a couple of scooters in the ’60s and bought this one to relieve his youth. On my way out I recognised a car I had seen at the Bourne Car Show (and won the best in show award) the previous year, a 1992 Lancia Delta Intergrale Evo 2 owned by Stuart Sandall. He purchased it around 13 years ago for a 30th birthday present to himself, as having worked in a Fiat/Lancia bodyshop he had grown to love them. Originally it was used as his daily drive but is now reserved for shows and weekends. This year’s event attendance figures were an improvement on 2013, with 425 cars and 200 bikes which was an all-time record for the show! Overall the show covered a huge range of automotive history and was a fantastic day out, no doubt next year will be even more impressive.

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Experienced camper John Cotton reveals his top tips for camping in a tent THERE ARE NOW so many different ways to camp it’s hard to know which option to go with. The traditional option of packing up the car to the hilt with a tent and every known piece of camping equipment is still one that most adopt, but if you then want to fit the kids in the car too this can prove a problem, and strapping them into the roof box is frowned upon. Wigwam, tipi, yurt, static caravan, mobile caravan, chalet, lodge or eco lodge, Romany caravan or canvas bungalow – you now have a plethora of other options as to how to camp when you head off on your holiday, whether it be a staycation or abroad. If you have limited space in the car, or are loathed to ditch the sports car for a transit van, then these options are certainly appealing. But having just spent the past few weeks roaming around France, albeit without any kids on tow, there is an appeal to taking your own tent. You are not limited as to where you can go and you can often just turn up to a campsite without advance booking. And then there’s the cost. These static pitches are often considerably more expensive than just pitching a tent, and whilst cheaper than a hotel you often wonder if it would have been worth paying that bit extra for bricks and mortar. Without limitations you see a considerable amount more of the countryside too, stopping and going as you please. Although, bear in mind that unpacking and repacking the car may take some time and can often test the patience of anyone, especially if you have children wanting to unpack a favourite toy that is right at the bottom of the pile. If you’re going to take the traditional route, you’re going to need a good tent. Going online of course you’ll find all you’ll need, but it’s important to see what you’re buying, and have a look at it to make sure if fits your requirements before you head off. You also need to make sure it fits in the car! Locally there are some great shops that can help you choose the tent that fits your needs, and sort out all the kit you’ll need for your trip. I’d suggest heading to Get Lost in Ashwell as they have great diversity for any outdoor adventure, as well as having a large outdoor tent display area. This will enable you to make the right decision about the tent you need.

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TOP TIPS Your choice of site can make or break your trip. If at all possible, go with a personal recommendation. Before you book do some extra research: what facilities are on site? What is there to do in the local area, especially on wet days?

2. NEVER BUY A TENT WITHOUT SEEING IT PITCHED

Find a retailer that has their tents on display. This allows you to get an idea of how they are pitched, and gives you a real sense of the space and headroom available. Beware – some manufacturers have very different ideas about the number of people a tent can comfortably accommodate.

3. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH LIVING SPACE

For group, family and festival camping shared communal areas or ‘living space’ is extremely useful. Tent ‘berth ratings’ only tell you how much sleeping space there is, and amounts of living space can varying greatly. Look for models with additional central areas or enclosed porches, or you could think about buying a larger tent and using a bedroom for living space. A final solution could be to buy a gazebo.

4. ALWAYS TRIAL PITCH YOUR TENT BEFORE GOING AWAY

Arriving late and tired at a campsite, to pitch an unfamiliar

tent in the dark is not recommended. Trial pitching in the garden or a local park avoids this, and gives time to check for missing parts and faults. Even those taking tents they have used before should at least unpack them to check components before departure.

5. MAKE LISTS

Even experienced campers can forget the odd important item out of the dozens that must be packed. Items like bin bags, loo roll, pillows, insect repellent and baby wipes all make life much more pleasant, yet are often forgotten.

6. PLAN YOUR MEALS

Arranging tasty, yet simple camping meals requires a little forethought. Choose quick and simple recipes that can be prepared with minimal equipment and, where possible, with non-perishable ingredients.

Where might it be noisy? Once you locate a suitable spot, find a flat area to pitch, but try to avoid low-lying areas that might become ponds or rivers if it rains.

9. DON’T EAT TOO LATE

Try to finish eating and be zippedup in your tent before it turns cold at night. This stops you and the tent cooling down and also helps to avoid biting insects that are prevalent at dusk.

10. STAY WARM AT NIGHT

When keeping warm at night, insulation underneath you is just as important as your sleeping bag. An extra duvet or blanket over your airbed or camp bed can make all the difference. Source: www.gooutdoors.co.uk

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1. CHOOSE YOUR CAMPSITE CAREFULLY AND BOOK EARLY

Whilst not all sites will allow campfires for safety reasons, a campfire is synonymous with going camping. Especially if someone’s got a guitar with them or knows a good ghost story. But how do you go about making that perfect fire, for cooking and enjoying aer. Clear area of all debris/avoid area with overhanging branches and construct a fire ring surrounded by rocks. Have a bucket of water, shovel and a fire extinguisher nearby and ready. Gather wood and stack in separate piles away from fire area. Do not use green or freshly cut wood. There are three different kinds of wood needed for a successful campfire • Tinder – small twigs, wood shavings, dry leaves or grass, dry needles, bark or dryer lint. This should start to burn immediately with a lighted match. • Kindling – small sticks 1cm around or less, or interestingly if you can’t find any kindling use Doritos! • Fuel – larger wood that keeps the fire going. Elements required for a fire to burn properly. When one of these three things are removed, the fire stops burning. Example – water cools fuel below ignition point, dirt cuts off the oxygen supply. • Fuel- material that will burn • Heat – enough heat to bring fuel to ignition • Air – to provide oxygen to burning process Start with a couple hands full of tinder loosely piled in the center of your fire ring With your back to the wind and match protected by the cup of your hand, ignite tinder with a match. Discard used match into the fire. Slowly add more tinder. You may need to blow soly at the base of the fire. Once the tinder has fully started to burn, slowly add some smaller pieces of kindling. Keep close together but allow space for air. Gradually increase the size of the kindling you add to the fire. When you have a good fire going , add the fuel one piece at a time as described below. Allow for adequate air flow.

7. ALLOW LOTS OF EXTRA TIME FOR PACKING AND TRAVEL

Hurrying your packing almost guarantees that you’ll forget something important. Arriving late on site makes pitching and arranging food a less than ideal experience.

8. THINK BEFORE YOU PITCH

When you arrive have a good look around the site before pitching: Where are the toilets? Where might there be morning shade or shelter from the wind?

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ON THE ROAD

Steve Moody takes his family on an epic road trip in a campervan…

“NOTHING BEHIND ME, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road,” said Jack Kerouac in the classic novel On the Road, and I felt the same sense of adventure and possibility too as I rolled off the drive and headed out. What incredible things will we see? What wonders will we find? What amazing people will we meet? I gunned the van east, the wide expanse of flat England stretching out to the North Sea and the Channel. We could go anywhere, with no limits to our ambition. We made it as far as Uffington. Now, as a first go at life in a campervan, I’ll admit that three miles to a field in Uffington is not exactly throwing yourself in at the deep end in some epic, free-spirited Kerouacian voyage of discovery. But I had the kids with me, and as far as they were concerned we might as well have been going to the moon, so excited were they by the prospect of a weekend in a moving house. Five minutes into our odyssey, as we trundled past Mole Valley stores on the Uffington Road, the first cries of ‘are we there yet?!’ rang out and the truth was well, yes, nearly. That kept them quiet for a few seconds. Another 10 minutes and we were backing into our spot, having found a flat area. The first effort hadn’t been brilliantly successful, leaving the van on a tilt that meant food rolled across the work surfaces as though we were in a galley at sea, as unlike a caravan you don’t get legs that can be levelled. But once we’d bagged a suitable pitch it was time to unfurl the awnings, drop down the bunk beds and open the wine. I’d picked up the van, a five-berth Burstner Nexxo Family, from Camper UK in Lincoln. It was remarkably straightforward: turn up, hand over

your driving licence, pay a deposit, get a quick few minutes walk around to show how all the various functions worked, and then off and on the road. Based on a Ford Transit, it’s surprisingly easy to manoeuvre and pretty quick, too – no snail-paced caravanning for us (although when stowed with kit I discovered going round corners too fast is not great for keeping food and crockery ship-shape). Adapting to life in a motorhome is fairly easy, once you’ve managed to calm the kids down: to them (and I’ll admit to me a little bit too) everything is new and exciting, from beds that spring out from walls, to the little shower and toilet cubicle tucked away in the corner, the retractable steps to get in and out and the fact you have an oven and fridge – in a van! This means they rolled around like marbles in Tupperware box for a good hour or two. We even had to play hide and seek in it, which seemed ambitious. Even my wife was not immune to the excitement of the situation, and it inspired her to heights of domesticity rarely seen at home. Thing is, you have to be quite organised because it is a fairly small living space so plates and rubbish must be cleared away forthwith and cooking needs to be planned as there isn’t the usual expanse of surface area. But nevertheless, it’s very easy living and after my driving exertions, I thought it best to keep out of the way and sit under the awning with a chilled glass of wine. These vans come with onboard rechargeable batteries and a water supply so you have to try and be a bit careful to not use the amenities too wastefully, but on proper sites you can hook up to the power and leave every light on to your heart’s content. That said, we didn’t even get close to using up the stored power over a weekend.

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BOWLED OVER

Think bowls is just a gentle way to pass some time in your dotage? Jeremy Beswick finds there’s much more to it

Photography: Nico Morgan

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Pupils from English Martyrs Primary School during their regular Friday visit to Oakham Bowls Club. The school has been surprised by the way the children have taken to the game, which helps improve their motor skills and co-ordination

K, let’s start by acknowledging that lawn bowls has something of an image problem. A pound to a penny the picture that came into your head as you started to read this article – and the one that came into mine before I knew better – was of pensioners in white cardigans gently idling away a few hours on a summer’s afternoon. True? There’s nothing wrong with that either, it’s just that if you think you need to be in your dotage to play, you should try telling that to world champion Jeremy Henry (a veteran at 40 years of age), women’s equivalent Caroline Brown (an old fogey of 33), England’s number one Tom Bishop (obviously past it at 22), indoor supremo Katherine Rednall (gently declining at 18) or the under-11s from our local schools having a whale of a time at Oakham Bowls Club. Just saying, that’s all. I visited Oakham on the day the children from English Martyrs Primary came for their regular weekly session. Ten-year old Daniel told me: “I really love it. It’s so calm and quiet with none of the shouting and screaming you get from other sports.” Teacher Jeff Hodgson was equally surprised and impressed and said: “The kids just can’t wait for Friday to come. I didn’t know if they’d take to it but they certainly have. It’s really good for their motor skills and coordination and the club has been brilliant.” You only had to watch to see how much fun they were having.

IT’S A VERY TACTICAL GAME – YOU HAVE TO THINK ONE STEP AHEAD AND CONSIDER YOUR OPPONENT’S RESPONSE’ Giving up their time to help were three club stalwarts – Eddie Owen, Beryl Birch and Maureen Douglas. Eddie was a keen cricketer who played for Knossington and also football for Oakham and Langham, whereas Maureen had been a fine tennis and badminton player. Eddie gave me the low down. “We do have a bit of a dull image. People who don’t understand bowls think it’s just rolling woods down the green, but it’s a very tactical game and every wood that’s bowled changes things. You have to think one step ahead and consider what your opponent’s response is going to be before you select your shot.” The more bowlers I talked to the more I found that so many of them had previously been highly competent in impact-oriented sports that I lost count of the times I heard the phrase “and then the knees went”, and I can empathise with that. At Oakham you might find yourself playing alongside ex-professional footballer Tony Flower (Notts

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County) whereas at Ketton, over 60s Lincolnshire champion Bob Warters was a bit of an all rounder and a dab hand at golf, hockey, rugby, football and cricket. “I started to feel the bruises more and more – and there are many like me,” he said. “I’m always bumping into people at lawn bowls who I used to play rugby or football with. What also connects us is we haven’t lost any of our competitive spirit. So now we channel it into this.” Competitive as it certainly is, both Eddie and Bob said pretty much the same thing. “There’s a lot of friendly banter that goes on. Let’s just say we always manage to keep ourselves amused.” Ketton prides itself on having one of the best greens in the area and has now started to host county games. The intrinsic yet changing nature of the green itself adds another dimension to the sport. All of them have their own foibles, Bob told me. “It’s a living thing after all. A bowler plus nature can be a toxic combination!” Eddie agreed: “Even on a home rink you don’t know exactly what to expect as you stand there and bowl your first wood, whereas playing an away tie on a less familiar lawn you really need to learn fast. It’s not only the speed of the green but how much turn the bowl will take that’s unpredictable.” What also impressed me, and by now I have to admit to being sorely tempted myself, was the social side. Bob again: “It’s a way of belonging – a bit like going to your local. Even if you’re just a social member they’ll always be a coffee and a chat.” Eddie added: “We’re very active socially with quizzes, bridge and so on. It’s such a nice place to come for a pint – and it’s cheaper than the pub, too!”

Furthermore, if you get involved you don’t just join a club – you join a global sport. Here’s Beryl: “Wherever you go, there’ll be a bowls club nearby. All of them are very welcoming to fellow bowlers and you can be sure to find kindred spirits there.” Given the 2,500 clubs in England I can guess that’s true and Eddie agreed with the international dimension. “I wandered into a club in New Zealand and it wasn’t long before someone asked me if I could play.” Both of these clubs are as keen as mustard to recruit new blood, and I’m sure the same is true of Blackstones, Greetham, Langham, Market Overton, Stamford, Barnack and the rest. Just go and try it – I guarantee you’ll be surprised. As both Eddie and Bob said, you can also bring your children or grandchildren with you and just roll up. I was genuinely taken aback by the energy, enthusiasm and light-hearted sense of fun I found in what was – for me – an unexpected pleasure, so give it a go. If you don’t, well then (pun intended) that would be biased.

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Forget the stereotype of a bowler as a pensioner whiling away a few hours on a summer’s aernoon – bowls appeals to all ages and there are several local clubs who will be more than happy to see you and introduce you to the game

How to get started KETTON HOLD open sessions every Wednesday evening from 6pm and you can find details at www.kettonsports.com. As elsewhere, woods are supplied. Oakham are planning an open day but meanwhile you are welcome to just show up, or contact beryl.birch@btinternet.com (01572 770232) or eddieowen2@talktalk.net (01572 755 383). Other clubs’ contact details can be found by searching online for Stamford and District Bowls League, Peterborough and District Bowls League or the Northants Bowling Federation. Annual membership fees are generally between £50-£100.

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Clarkes, Peterborough Will and Ed venture south to try a new restaurant in Peterborough winning rave reviews Will Ever since this restaurant opened last year it has been getting excellent reviews, so it’s a pleasure to finally experience it. Head chef Lee Clarke has made it his mission to serve the highest quality food so I’m champing at the bit. And with a private dining room upstairs, a function room outdoor tables to the front and in the rear courtyard there is no shortage of space.

Will Nothing like keeping culinary secrets from your friends is there! Anyway back to the food at Clarkes: the summer salad was one of the better dishes I have ever had the pleasure of sampling. To name just a few of the ingredients in the dish there were green beans, peas, beetroot, pea puree, pak choi, seared artichoke and pickled carrot. And all with a heavenly dressing.

Ed It’s an impressive Georgian building, with lovely views out over John the Baptist Church and Peterborough Cathedral. And they have obviously put a lot of thought, time and money into the décor – it’s a stylish blend of contemporary fittings in a traditional building.

Ed Yes that summer salad was something else. The chicken terrine wasn’t half bad either, with a pleasing blend of textures as well as tastes. There are a lot of little ingredients on the plate on all the dishes here but they all serve a purpose. It’s obvious that Lee and his team care deeply about sourcing fresh, tasty and local ingredients.

Will Alright, don’t get carried away, we’re here to eat and I’m more than happy to let Lee choose for us, after all it’s his kitchen and he has an experienced long-serving team with at least two chefs who have spent a few years at Hambleton Hall. English strawberry gazpacho is not something I would usually plump for, but the amuse bouche was really quite something. Ed It certainly was and I tried not to eat too much bread but the raisin and cinnamon bread was too tasty to resist. In fact cinnamon is my secret ingredient in quite a few dishes at home, for instance… oh, on second thoughts better not give the game away.

Will On a hot summer’s day that summer salad would be the perfect main course for lunch, but we were there for supper so I was delighted to see the monkfish cheeks with ham hock croquette, potato fondant and beetroot appearing in front of me. The fish was everything you could hope for and the ham croquette was the perfect companion. Ed Lincolnshire lass Sophie Arlott has made a name for herself supplying restaurants with the finest quality lamb so it was a treat to tuck into the trio of chops, pulled shoulder and sweetbreads with garlic mash and fennel.

Will It’s hardly surprising Clarkes has just been named at number 62 on the BMW Square Meal list of best UK restaurants outside the M25. Lee is passionate about providing the highest quality food to discerning customers and is evidently determined to maintain those standards. Ed Quite. But I’m glad we didn’t stop with the main courses because I wanted to taste more of this fabulous food. The palate cleanser of rocket sorbet, tiny chunks of Binham blue cheese and granola is described as their Marmite dish and I liked it, but could live without the granola. Will I can live without granola full stop. But the strawberry dessert with basil sorbet, strawberry jelly, coulis, shortbread and cream is the sort of pudding that dreams are made of. What a meal! Ed Couldn’t agree more, and the peach melba had a satisfyingly contemporary twist to it as well. The food is here is sensational and I’d like to come back for lunch. Watch out for local food week at the end of September; where all the ingredients will be sourced from the PE postcode. That should be a right humdinger.

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Feature /// Great walks

Market Overton and Edmondthorpe This north Rutland stroll offers wide reaching views of half the county and two very different, but equally charming villages, as Will Hetherington discovers Photography: Will Hetherington

THE ROUTE

Park opposite the Black Bull on Teigh Road in Market Overton and the start of the walk is immediately opposite down the lane just before the church. After about 150 yards you will come to a footpath junction where you can choose to do this loop clockwise or anti-clockwise. I chose the latter so carried straight on across the top of the ridge offering far-reaching views of the Vale of Catmose to the south and west. But make sure you aren’t too distracted by the view to follow the path as it bears left into the field here, rather than carrying along the track. That’s what I did and it took me a while to work out where I had gone wrong. Assuming you do spot the path though you will soon come up to the corner of the woodland, crossing the county boundary into Leicestershire as you do. Carry straight on with the wood on your left until you get to the next corner. Turn left here over the stile and into the wood.

Even on a hot day in July this path was more than a bit boggy, courtesy of hoof prints, so walking boots are definitely a good idea. The path soon comes out of the wood and the track meanders down and around Hall Farm on the way to Edmondthorpe. This is a conservation area given over to the encouragement of ground nesting birds so if you have got the dog with you then please keep it under close control during the nesting season (late spring and early summer). You will come out on to Woodwell Head Lane where it’s a left turn and then follow the road up to Main Street in Edmondthorpe, an almost untouched estate village which has retained a tremendous amount of its idyllic rural charm. Turn left and pass the Village Social Club, which must be a contender for most aesthetically pleasing social club in the country. There is a return path shortly after, which I chose not to take because it runs very close to the outward path but it’s another option. I stayed on the road around past the church

and took the path to the left through the farmyard, and I can report the Jack Russell who guards the path here is nowhere near as fierce as it sounds! Follow the footpath down over a little stream and through three gates, which were surrounded by overgrown vegetation when I went through. Join the road for 100 yards until you get to The Lodge where there is a footpath heading east back towards Market Overton. From here it’s a straight uphill path, with glimpses of Edmondthorpe Hall to the left, but there are a few different paths so take your pick. It’s hard to get lost when you can see the target. And when you do get back you will have the rewarding experience of a pint of Black Sheep in the Black Bull, which is exactly what you would expect from a village pub. The food’s good too…

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is almost on Market Overton undary of the western bo cks, which was Kendrew Barra until April RAF Cottesmore F base it was 2012. As an RA rnado training home to the To and was establishment a Harrier base.

The Vale of Catmose stretches into the distance; The Black Bull in Market Overton; just one of Market Overton’s impressive Georgian houses; Market Overton is an under-rated village with a surprisingly grand centre

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION Where to park Opposite the Black Bull in Market Overton.

Market Overton has a surprisingly grand village centre and the Black Bull is a cracking pub.

is picturesque, serves a lovely pint and prepares excellent pub food.

Distance and time Four and three quarter miles/one hour and 45 minutes.

Lowlights Conservation area means the dog must be kept under control, and there aren’t many streams for canine cooling off.

The pooch perspective A shortage of water on a hot summer’s day might be a problem and the ground nesting bird conservation area means control is essential. In truth it probably won’t be your dog’s favourite walk, but it’s still worth it.

Highlights Far reaching views to the west over the Vale of Catmose. Untouched Edmondthorpe.

Refreshments The Black Bull in Market Overton

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Feature /// Dog health

Puppy love Will your existing dog love your new puppy as much as you do? Bobs Broadbent explains how to create a successful introduction

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How do you introduce a new puppy into a home with another established dog, and can you do this without harmful consequences? A puppy joining any household is a source of much fun but with this comes a good deal of disruption, especially in the initial few months when their needs must be met. However, when there’s another dog already firmly entrenched in the home, this can create a much more difficult situation if not handled sensibly. It seems completely natural to think that the puppy should gain all the attention and that their needs are put first, not least because they are so young (and, of course, very cute!), so it might come as a bit of a surprise to learn that this very action could be laying the foundation for canine disputes in the future, especially if this continues beyond the very initial stage. Puppies have very different daily requirements so introducing a routine for your puppy is absolutely essential. It’s also a good idea to do the same for your existing dog – this is to make sure they are not being short-changed and that they get their exercise but also extra-special time, on their own with the family in the same way they would have done previously. Increasing their play and training will help them to keep a sense of involvement and contentment and this will be beneficial to them as the puppy grows and is given more leeway in the home. Knowing how best to handle the first introductions is extremely important; as excited as you might be to see your new puppy and adore dog play together, the chances are that the one thing your dog wants is to have a bit of time and space to work things out, so forcing such greetings is not recommended. By creating a puppy area, which might be a playpen or a sectioned off part of the kitchen, you can allow sniffing to take place with the safety of the barrier. A playpen is good because it can be moved outside to allow plenty of space. When you feel ready you can allow a short session of direct contact, but with good supervision. It might take weeks before the older dog acknowledges and accepts that they now need to share their home but it will be a long time before the two of them are left to interact freely or become the double act that you are perhaps imagining.

Key tips for introducing a puppy into a household with an older dog: • Create a safe (separated) area for the puppy and ensure the established dog has his or her own safe place to go. • Set this up in advance so it’s ready to help with introductions and so the older dog can get used to this without the puppy present.

• Keep the existing dog’s routine the same and if necessary develop it so that there is added one-to-one time and good exercise levels so that excess energy is well used. • Allow the older dog to smell and meet the new puppy in their own time – the older dog may want to use their right to be aloof! • Teach the new puppy how to respect the older dog by using a houseline (a 2-metre long lead) and controlling introductions and time together. • Don’t allow the puppy to be over-boisterous and take liberties with the older dog or to ruin previously fun games that were special for you and your original dog. • Create a routine for your puppy that allows for all of its needs and juggle this with the current dog’s needs. For example, it’s OK to leave the puppy whilst you walk the older dog as this is important for the puppy to learn to be alone but do it when it’s a ‘sleep’ time – the puppy will be naturally more accepting of it. • Decide on a plan to deal with meal times. Puppies need more feeds and have learned to be free flowing between bowls when food was available to the litter. Feeding in the safe area or separately is advisable. • Don’t allow rough play between the dogs as the puppy is developing social skills and these over familiar actions won’t be tolerated by unfamiliar dogs. • Set your puppy up for success by being prepared and organised and aim to avoid conflict. Think fairly towards both dogs – but teaching the new puppy how to mould its behviour to the existing household/dog. • Do not tell the older dog off – the chances are this will exacerbate any problems. Instead, think – “how could I have avoided that from happening?” • Always keep your puppy separate in the home when left alone. Puppyhood is a developmental stage and an opportunity for your puppy to become human focused. This is something we want all pet dogs to be so that they find it easier to respond to us. To give your puppy the best chance to do this, try to ensure they spend three times more time with humans than with other dogs, even in their own home! If you have any concerns about your dog’s behaviour please seek professional advice prior to introducing any changes to their routine, either from a pet behaviorist: www.apbc.co.uk or trainer: www.apdt.co.uk Bobs Broadbent offers puppy consultations at your home so you can give them the best start. For more information call Dogknows on 01664 454 792 or email bobs@dogknows.co.uk.

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Feature /// Rough notes

Burghley Park GC Steve, Ben and Dunmore take on one of the area’s best kept courses It would be hard to find many golf courses as well-tended as Burghley Park, and on a glorious sunny day this summer, standing on the first tee and eyeing up a drive down the striped fairway it certainly looks an inviting site, none more so than when you actually managed to get a booming hit away first up. My playing partners, Ben and Dunmore, were less successful, one (who shall remain nameless), struggling to get past the ladies’ tee and then sticking the next ball out of bounds, while Dunmore found the rough. Here is where Burghley, which can look so inviting, proves it has a secret sting. Being such an old course, having first been played on in 1890, every tree and bush, which can look often so innocently sited, has a more fiendish role in blocking off the ideal line or losing you a shot. And the rough, again, green and lush, claps the ball into its embrace making it hard to extricate. Old courses often have this feel: they don’t have the big showy defences of new courses but years of experience from generations of greenkeepers ensure that if you stray from the ideal line you will pay. The first green is another of these seemingly benign challenges you find all around this track where there is more than meets the eye. It slopes from the back which means that almost every

time your first putt of the day will be a slippery downhiller, which is a quite a challenge of touch early on. Suffice to say, I bagged an easy par, while Dunmore crossed the green back and forth, zig-zagging crazily. Going to be an easy win against these two buffoons, I thought. How wrong I was. The wide second hole is a fairly easy drive and Dunmore’s second shot reached the green easily for a win, while on the short par three third, with a fiendish tee using the tightly packed trees to block out the right side of the green, Ben and I were forced left into the water, gifting the hole. The fourth is one of those holes which requires a mighty drive over the trees or a couple of short irons around the doglegged angle, and this becomes quite a feature of Burghley. As it is flat, protection is afforded by doglegs around clumps of trees, which makes choosing the right club very important. Get it wrong and you either end up short with a shot over the top, or long and into wood on the far side of the fairway. However, as it is not too long a course, Burghley is one of those places that if you are having a good day you can score really well – there’s nowhere where you feel you could be unjustly penalised by weird rolls of balls on odd slopes, random bunkers, bad lies or scrubby

grass. Of all the courses in the area, you get exactly what you deserve at Burghley. In my case, that was naff-all. Playing terribly, soon Dunmore’s way of scrapping round and Ben’s increasingly enormous hitting saw me out of contention, so I settled for enjoying the course instead. It’s looking as good as I have ever seen it, with tremendously even rolls on the greens and fairways like carpets. There are holes, such as the 10th, where you can just let fly off the tee due to the width of the fairway, and others like the 11th where you have to be very precise to set up any sort of second shot. But nowhere do you feel that it is unduly long so if you aren’t a big hitter, Burghley is a place you can score well. By the back nine, the other two were in a game of their own, which went right down to the wire with Ben edging level on the 17th with a tremendous second shot in over the wide expanse of water, and then Dunmore, true to form, blagged his way on to the green on 18 for a par putt on that fabulous hilly finish that rings so many rounds to an epic conclusion, but brought him victory and us endless grief. With the pro shop and driving range much improved and the good value bar, Burghley Park is a course worth revisiting if you haven’t been there in a while. Just try and play better than I did if you wouldn’t mind.

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Feature /// School sports

Rutland schools awards More than 100 children were nominated to attend the Rutland School Sport Partnership Awards Night held at Greetham Valley Golf Club in July. Schools had been asked to nominate students in their respective schools who they felt were worthy of being recognised in one of the seven different categories where awards were presented:  Sporting Commitment (Boy/Girl) – Yr 5/6, Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4  Sporting Achievement (Boy/Girl) – Yr 5/6, Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4  Sporting Talent (Boy/Girl) – Yr 5/6, Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4  Best Team – Secondary  Contribution to School Sport through Leadership – Primary/Secondary  Fair Play Trophy – Primary Both the primary and secondary awards section of the night was well attended by nominees, parents and teachers of the respective schools. Many of the selection panel were present in the audience and two members of the panel, the Student reps of Megan Scott and Francesca Kennard Kettle, were present to award both the certificates to all nominees and the Trophy to the winning student. Special guest Gaynor Nash, regional co-ordinator for the 2012 Legacy for Children

Above The winners celebrate

Above The spirit of the games winners

and Young People, was also present to open both the awards session, but was mainly there to present a special trophy to the children of Rutland as the district was crowned the “Spirit of the Games” champion district as a result of the number of Spirit of the Games Awards teams have won over the year as part of the School Games Programme. Langham Primary School were also announced as the “School Games Champion School” as a result of a new county-wide competition instigated this year through the School Sport Partnership which has rewarded schools with Participation points for attending all the events and competitions held throughout the year, along with bonus points if schools came in Gold, Silver or Bronze medal position. Langham were able to hold off a strong

challenge from Brooke Hill (Max Participation points, 7 Gold, 6 Silver, 5 Bronze = 590 pts) and St Mary and St John (Max Participation points, 7 Gold, 5 Silver, 2 Bronze = 565 pts) to win overall with Max Participation Points, 10 Gold, 4 Silver and 5 Bronze for a grand total of 615 points. Rutland School Sport Manager, Chris Thomas, said: “The Awards night is a fantastic way to finish the academic year and to celebrate the success and talent that we have in Rutland Schools. All the staff, parents, teachers and coaches fully deserve the recognition they will receive as a result of the hard work they put in to make Rutland Sport what it is and what a great way to finish the year to hear about the successes of the children in our schools and the talent that is undoubtedly present in all our schools.”

Summer course offers family cooking fun Totally free and fun groups aimed to help families make long term changes towards eating more healthily and being more active start in Rutland in September 2014. The Family Lifestyle Club (FLiC) is an eight week programme for children aged 8 – 13 and their families, where they can get hands-on in the kitchen together. They will experience a ‘bush tucker trial’ and make good-for-you snacks such as fruit kebabs and smoothies. Parents also get the chance to find out more about healthier family eating from an NHS Dietitian – on topics like eating well and sensible portion sizes – whilst children play new games with a Physical Activity Coach. The sessions, aimed to help families be more fit and healthy, come as current national figures from the Department of Health report that one in four 10 – 11 year olds are over-weight. One parent who took part in a previous programme with their children said: “The boys have tried new foods and even had them again at home,” whilst another said: “The whole family have enjoyed taking part in FLiC”. To find out more or to join the programme contact the FLiC team on 0116 222 7154.

ACTIVE RUTLAND SPORTIVATE FUNDING Applications are being invited by Rutland County Council for Sportivate funding. Sportivate is a £56 million Lottery funded London 2012 legacy project that gives younger people the chance to discover sport. The programme gives youngsters who are not particularly sporty access to six to eight weeks of free or subsidised coaching in a range of sports. If you’re a community sports provider, you can offer your sport to the wider community, get semi-sporty individuals active and possibly gain new members at your club. You can offer your programme to anyone within the targeted age group whether they are from a particular school, college, club or the wider community. When hosting a Sportivate programme, you apply for funding which can cover costs such as; facilities, equipment, coaching costs, transport for the participants and advertising. The deadline for applications is August 22. For more information, contact Danielle Adams on dadams@rutland.gcsx.gov.uk or call 01572 758154, 07770 543118.

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New futsal club opens A new Futsal Club has started in Rutland based at Uppingham Community College for players aged 16 and over. Futsal is the official FIFA approved version of Indoor five a side football and is credited with being one of the most important coaching tools in modern football. The main difference between Futsal and other forms of the game is that the ball is played with a smaller weighted ball. This encourages skilful play as the ball spends more time on the floor making it easier to pass and dribble. The club has been running on Friday nights between 6pm-8pm and was started with Sportivate funding which is aimed at engaging 14-25 year olds in sports and physical activity. The funding has allowed the college to purchase Futsal specific goals and futsal balls to use in the sessions. Over the initial eight week block nearly 40 players attended a number of taster sessions and in week 5 the first ever Rutland Futsal League was formed. Four teams competed in the league with Phantasma running out eventual champions having narrowly beaten Rapid Vienetta on goal difference. The league’s leading scorer was former Uppingham Community College student Liam Sansom who scored 15 goals, narrowly beating Sam Cowling on 14 goals and Joe Bell on 13. Rob Lewin, who previously coached Futsal at

Summer at Uppingham

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Phatasma manager Ben Richards (centre) with the league trophy and Sven Hart (le) and Robbie McCall (right)

the University of Leicester for five years, explained why he has decided to set up a new Futsal Club up in Rutland. He said: “Futsal is a fantastic game as it develops the basic skills and techniques of football in an enjoyable environment. Every player that has been involved in the last eight weeks has improved their skill levels massively and the development is so much faster than in normal football. “We’ve been using Futsal in the college for years now but there’s never been an exit route for students who want to continue playing the game post 16. That’s why we’ve started the club as I feel we can build a really strong Rutland League in the next few years.” Rob has also entered the cub into the Leicestershire Futsal League in the Autumn. A new season of Friday Night Futsal will be starting on August 1. To get involved contact Rob Lewin (Lewin_R@ucc.rutland.sch.uk) or on 07902 243 405.

Wildcats adds scholarship Wildcats Academy in Stamford has launched the ‘Lady Dorothy Cecil Trust’ scholarship scheme for talented children. The scheme, which has been funded by the Lady Dorothy Cecil Trust gives local children the chance to apply for a scholarship worth 100% of term fees on a yearly basis. These financial awards are available only to those from low income families, who would struggle to fund performing arts tuition for their child in any other way and are subject to providing supporting evidence to confirm this. Wildcats are auditioning children for the two places on August 12-13. Those attending need to be aged 9-16 years and have a keen interest in the performing arts particularly musical theatre. Auditions are bookable on a first come first served basis by completing an online application form. For more information or to book an audition slot, go to www.bit.ly/wildcatsapply or call Emma on 01780 762000.

If anyone is wondering how to keep the children entertained over the summer holidays then Uppingham Summer School could well be the answer! On offer is a wide range of courses for children of all ages. Most of the courses run for five days, and there are residential options for any children who might want the added fun of a few days away from home doing something they love, or learning something new. Of the many courses on offer, highlights include Musical Theatre Week (4-8 August). Based on the bright lights of Broadway and including the finest songs from the West End, this course is ideal for anyone with a passion for singing, dancing, acting, or performing. Open to all abilities, the week involves learning some full company numbers as well as splitting into smaller groups and the chance to do a solo number for anyone who wants to. There will be lots of sporty fun taking place from 11-14 August during Uppingham Summer School’s Festival of Sport with four days of expert coaching in Hockey, Rugby, Netball or Tennis. Children will have the chance to focus on one particular sport for the four days, or do two days of two different sports if they prefer, and coaching is aimed at everyone from complete beginner to county standard. Details can be found on www. uppinghamsummerschool.co.uk or by calling 01572 820800.

Brooke swimming Brooke Priory pupils have qualified for two national swimming finals. The first of these was the IAPS National Swimming Championships in Crawley. The pupils from Years V and VI swam superbly, smashing their own personal best. The final was over in 2 minutes 29 seconds, with the boys coming fifth out of eight teams, swimming 17 seconds faster than they had ever swum before as a team. The second national finals was in Sheffield at the English Schools Swimming Association National Team Championships. The boys narrowly missed out on the Freestyle Relay Final but qualified for the Mixed Stroke Relay Final.

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Feature /// School sports

Five star Oakham School athletes Oakham School pupil, Tyrese Johnson Fisher, broke records this weekend at the prestigious English Schools’ Athletics Championships held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Tyrese won the U15 Boys 100m final in an impressive 10.92 seconds. “This was just shy of the championship record,” said asssistant director of sport, James Clarke. “It was a fantastic run, where he comprehensively beat the fastest sprinters in the country, as well as gaining a new personal best and school record!” Tyrese was one of five pupils from Oakham School to take part in what is considered to be one of the largest athletics events in the world, comprising the best school age athletes in the country. Sam Clarke ran a personal best and placed 15th in U17 Boys Hurdles (14.04 seconds), Toyo Afolabi placed 9th in the U15 Boys Shot (12.12m), Oriana Simmonds placed 12th in the U17 Girls Shot (11.15m), and Leon Patel-Champion came 11th in the U19 Boys Shot (11.95m). The Oakham School pupils joined the Leicestershire & Rutland team, which comprised of 35 athletes from around the county. They qualified for the event by winning the County Championships in June but also having to reach a notoriously hard entry standard.

Conditions during the weekend were excellent and the atmosphere generated by all the athletes and spectators was one the pupils will remember for a long time. “This is a fitting end to another superb athletics season, thanks to our talented athletes and our excellent coaches,” says Iain Simpson,

director of sport. “We began the season with our pupils becoming some of the fastest independent school athletes in the country at the Achilles Schools’ Relays in Oxford. “We’ve now ended the season with Tyrese taking first place in the 100m final of this prestigious event.”

Calling all sports Clubs! Rutland Day on September 13 is coming round fast but this year is going to be slightly different… as well as the usual event showcasing rutland and all it has to offer, this year’s event is going to have a sports zone. there is going to be a mini sports arena on the site at sykes lane which will have a show/display/ activity running at least every hour. Within the zone there will be space for local sports clubs to have a stall to promote themselves. Rutland Ad.indd 1

the possibilities are huge and will enable any club, whatever their activity, to showcase their abilities, promote themselves and recruit new members. if you wish to be involved, and to book your slot, please ring antony Entwistle on 01572 653017. 22/07/2014 09:07

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Oakham hosts Bunbury Festival

Above and le Former England star Graeme Swann opened the tournament, which featured teams from across the UK

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The 28th Bunbury Festival began with a presentation of regional caps to all the boys taking part in the prestigious tournament by Graeme Swann, ex-England and Nottinghamshire CCC, at Oakham School. The exuberant David English kicked off the ceremony with a lively description of the values that epitomise both the Bunbury Festival and the players who, from that moment onwards, will always be known as a ‘Bunbury’. He said that of the 1,569 boys who have played in the festival, half have later gone on to play first class cricket, and 62 have represented England. The first Bunbury to go on to play international cricket was Oakham School’s director of cricket, John Crawley. The headmaster at Oakham School, Nigel Lashbrook, said the school was incredibly proud to have the opportunity to host the event and to continue to help develop future sporting talents. They were particularly delighted to have an Oakhamian playing: Lyndon James took part in the first match on Doncaster Close as part of the Midlands team. “It is much more than just a series of matches,” said director of sport Iain Simpson. “Through the tireless dedication of David English, Bunbury has become a key training ground for youngsters to enjoy, to be encouraged, and to excel at cricket. It is fitting, therefore, that this year’s festival will take place at Oakham, which has a similar ethos of developing top sportsmen and women.” The overall winners of the festival were London & East, finally breaking the Midlands’ three-year winning streak. A prize-giving dinner saw a variety of speakers including John Barclay, the president of English Schools Cricket Association; David Graveney OBE, former England selector; David Collier, former ECB chief executive; and Charlie Dagnall from Test Match Special.

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Roundup The scores, star performers and stats from a month in Stamford and Rutland sport

Cricket

Reasons to be cheerful BY JEREMY BESWICK

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uly was a veritable T20 fest with several finals of our local knock-out competitions to be won or lost. In the Charity Cup, Stamford Town faced a Bourne side fresh from victory in the Jaidka Cup. Bourne started with an entertaining first over from the gloriously named Colin Cheer, who happily served up two wides, a no-ball and an easy boundary yet bagged two wickets, those of Chris Bore - who unlike Cheer failed to live up to his name, facing only one legal delivery – and Simon Prentice. It was left to Zak Chappell to be the pick of Stamford’s batting line-up again, but once he fell for 42 the wickets tumbled steadily with only Ben Peck making another significant contribution to their total of 114. This didn’t look anywhere near a big enough total, and even less so after the first over of Bourne’s innings, which went for 11. They then raced to around 50 for the first six overs with Conrad Louth dominating proceedings and contributing 41 of the runs. Eventually Bourne reached the total with

some ease in the 17th over for only three wickets down and that man Cheer was named man of the match to loud... applause. Uppingham Town and Ketton Lions had to serve up a double helping of T20 to settle their own final, this one being the Rutland Cup sponsored for the first time by the new Steaming Billy pub in Oakham. Rain intervened to scotch their first attempt to settle matters when Uppingham were 49 for 3 off 10 overs in reply to Ketton’s 80 all out, so they will have been the more disappointed of the two sides at the downpour that finished things. Particularly aggrieved was Town’s Scott Green, who’d taken five wickets for four runs, the best figures he’s ever had. What goes through the mind of a bowler as he claims that all-important fifth wicket, when those lonely hours of practice reap their reward, I asked? “That’ll cost me 15 quid for a jug of beer” was the enlightening and rather deflating response. Is he from Yorkshire, I wonder? In the replay Uppingham batted first and were soon in trouble, skipper Jamie

Dumford and Martin Bennett both out cheaply – but outdone by Will Cropper and George Scott who were back in the pavilion without troubling the scorer. If there was ever a time Uppingham needed a stand from Mark Cox and Danny Dumford this was it and, not for the first time, they obliged – with a partnership of 82 – helping Town to a respectable total of 158. Both innings included some massive sixes, one bemused neighbour’s garden acquiring no fewer than four cricket balls, and not without structural damage either. Did groundsman Malcolm Rawlings know the unlucky home-owner? ”I do now,” he grimaced afterwards. Ketton got off to a flier in response with substantial contributions from openers Jacob Miller and Josh Gallimore. Dan Cotton, who was to finish not out, weighed in with 40-odd and with two overs to go the match was finely balanced, the Lions needing 20 from them. Alas for Ketton, the pressure told and two run outs saw them finishing 12 runs short to give Uppingham their third consecutive win in the competition.

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Above Man of the match Tanvier Hussain pictured with fellow Ufford Park CC players and members aer winning the Stamford Knockout Shield

The closest final of all was contested by Ufford Park and Nassington Knights in the Stamford KO Shield. Nassington batted first and, although wickets were hard to come by, some tight bowling from Ufford’s four man attack, particularly Sandeep Dahyia (21-1 off five overs), restricted Knights to 129. With this low-ish total they’d need to claim some early Ufford Park wickets and bowlers Jonathan Smith and Harron Bashir duly delivered, sending both openers back to the pavilion for singlefigure totals. Ufford’s Tom Cooper and Tom Hart steadied the ship, but at the cost of falling behind the required run rate. When Tanvir Hussain came in at number seven Ufford were up against it, not least because of some fine bowling from fourteen year-old spinner Harrison Craig who finished with 4 for 42. When the final over came Ufford needed a challenging 13 runs to win, and had the worst possible start as teenager Craig claimed Chris Lightfoot’s wicket with the first ball.

A rapidly run three from the second saw Hussain take strike, and so set the scene for a classic show-down – veteran against rookie with 10 to score in four balls. What followed was an emphatic display of batmanship as Hussain struck four-sixfour in successive deliveries to win with a ball to spare for a famous victory, and their first Shield in over 50 years. Spare a thought for the young bowler, but his time will come. Nassington were also finalists in the even shorter version of the game – Burghley Sixes – where they met the same Stamford team who’d recently lost the Charity Cup final. Whatever happened one unlucky side were therefore going to be double final losers and that unfortunate accolade went to Nassington, who never came close to Town’s total of 78 and lost by 31 runs. Back in the ‘proper’ version of the game, Oakham continue to make strides towards a seemingly inevitable promotion under the leadership of Springbok Calvin Flowers. Amongst a host of outstanding contributions, his 120 off 69 deliveries

followed by 4-31 with the ball against Newtown Linford this month was a sparkling highlight in a season that sees him with a current batting average of over 90 and with bowling figures of around 13. Not many sides will relish facing Town at the moment, but there is bad news for their opponents next season as I believe two additional South Africans, including Flowers’ ‘more talented’ younger brother (!), may be Lime Kilns-bound during the winter. They should be quite something to watch next year. Making the closest challenge to Oakham’s league hegemony are those feisty Uppinghamians - indeed they are the only side to better them in a Saturday match this season. They face each other again at the Lime Kilns on August 16, an afternoon which might see Oaks’ elevation to Division 2 confirmed. Uppingham will be doing their level best to spoil the party and will be in the mix themselves for the second promotion slot, so I expect fireworks. Hope to see you there.

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Hot weather lowers the scores at Greetham

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he Ladies Club Championship is held over two rounds on the same day, which is not too much of a problem on a normal summer’s day. However, with the weather a lot tougher than normal, no breeze, a temperature close to 30 degrees and very humid conditions, this was no normal summer’s day. The ladies took it all in their stride to produce fantastic scoring. Multi club champion Sophie Beardsall (playing off one) got off to a brilliant start with a flawless display to come in with a gross 73 to lead the field after round one. Liz Haughton off seven was in second place with a 75 four under her handicap and one handicapper Emma Tipping was in third with 77. After a short break for food and drink round two got under way with conditions even tougher than in the morning round. Emma Tipping, who had dropped four shots in the morning, round got off to a great start shooting two under for the front nine. In the back nine, Emma just missed a couple of more birdies but came home level par for the back and two under overall. This gave her a fantastic two round score of gross 148 to take the title and the Waycott Bowl. Emma was thrilled with the win and extremely pleased with the way that she

had stuck to her task to take her first Ladies Champion title at Greetham. Sophie Beardsall took second place after she shot a gross 77 while Liz Haughton shot an 82 in the afternoon to finish in third with 157. Liz won the Dryden Salver as the nett Champion with a total nett score of 143, Angela Wheeler took second with 145. The Bunny cup for Ladies with a handicap over twenty was also held on the same day. This was a stableford competition over one round and was won in style by Susie Elliss with 39 points. Susie who started off the year with a handicap of thirty plus has had a fantastic year so far and has seen her handicap cut to 24. Bryony Batch took second place with 38 and Ellie Haughton who is also playing very well this year, took third with 34. Sheila Douty and Liz Haughton travelled to Woodhall Spa to take part in the Lincolnshire Ladies County betterball South competition. Sheila and Liz dovetailed well and were both in on most of the holes, giving them plenty of chances to really go for their putts. The competition was off 3/4 handicap and the pair came in with 40 points, winning the event. Paul Clegg, playing in the recent man’s club champions, had a hole in one on the 12th hole. As he went to address the ball it fell off the tee and some wag said “playing

three”. Paul’s reply was “I’ll really hit this close now”. The flag was at 187 yards and Paul hit a five iron slightly right to compensate for the wind straight into the hole which was situated at the front of the green. He won a Boss watch for his efforts. Jim Wheeler and partner Tony Huggins from Peterborough Milton won the recent seniors open with an excellent score of 43 points. Bill Collins and Keith Brown from Toft were second with 42. Third and fourh places were decided on count back, third went to the Scraptoft pairing of D. Hewitt and K. Abbott, they pushed David Aldred and Peter Wood from Greetham into fourth. Both pairs scored 41 points. NORTH LUFFENHAM It has been a very busy time at North Luffenham over the past few weeks. There has been the club championships played over two weekends, the seniors championships, two medal competitions and three inter-club matches played. Club captain Alan Swindley was this year’s winner of the club championships, which was played over two weekends early in July. Playing off a handicap of eight, he had gross scores of 78 and 82 to finish with a magnificent gross 160, underlining his reputation as one of the most consistent golfers in the club. Trailing behind in

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Liz Haughton and Sheila Douty won the Lincolnshire Ladies County Betterball South competition held at Woodhall Spa

second place was John Fursdon scoring 165 gross (83 & 82), resulting in a one stroke cut to 14. Third on countback was Peter Barker, playing off 9, scoring 81 and 84. John Fursdon was the leader in the total nett scores with an excellent 135 (68 & 67), followed by Fred Baxter on 141 (off 24) with rounds of 72 and 69, with John Hastings third (75 & 68) leading to a one stroke reduction to 20. Alan Swindley failed in his attempt to add the Senior championship trophy, finishing fourth with a gross 88. However, it was a valiant effort having had a painkilling injection in his shoulder to enable him to play. Winner with an impressive gross 85, playing off 13, was Jim Ashworth who also finished seventh in the club championships. Second, behind Jim, was Chris Lee scoring a gross 86, playing off 23. One stroke behind in third place, scoring a gross 87, was Seniors captain Malcolm Hird. In the midweek medal, which was played in conjunction with the Seniors championships, but using nett scores, Chris Lee was the resounding victor scoring an incredible nett 63 (off 23), earning him a three stroke cut in his handicap. Dale Pettitt finished second with an equally impressive nett 64 (off 27) and seeing his handicap chopped by two strokes, followed home in third place by Dave Purvis (off 22) who also

lost a stroke on his handicap. In the Sunday medal, an excellent nett 66 by Dave Grieve (off 20) gave him the win and a one stroke cut in his handicap. Ever-consistent John Fursdon came second with nett 67 (off 15), followed by John Hastings on nett 68, playing off 21 but now reduced to 20. In addition, the Senior men’s team played against Humberstone Heights away, losing 1 1/2 to 4 1/2, and then losing heavily to a strong Rutland Water team 0-6. The gents also came up against a strong Burghley Park team, losing 1/2 to 5 1/2. TOFT Toft Golf Club have reached a county final in the Bramley Trophy competition. This involves all the clubs in the county fielding their best three players in match play. After winning in the previous three rounds, Toft met Belton Park in the last game to decide the finalists. Toft , playing at home, were represented by Scott Freer, Mick Bentley and James Dair. Scott, playing first, had a close 2&1 win. Mick’s game was equally close but he went down by two holes. This left James to seal the win, which he did by the enormous margin, in that standard of golf, of 7&6. The final is at Seacroft Golf Club on August 23.

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RUTLAND COUNTY Medal, stableford and bogey all in one round for Rutland County members as a sizeable field took on the quickening, links-style course in the Rogues Trophy. A blanket finish required the leaders to be separated by countback as five players came home with a score of eight. Flo Lawrence hit a stunning shot to the last green and nailed the putt to claim the title ahead of Olly Huxley, who shot gross 75. Martyn Gatehouse was third followed by the elegant Neil Paylor. The fifth player on eight was Suzanne Huxley who took the top Ladies spot, just pipping Margaret Rippin one point further back. Nearest the pins were Heather Knapp, Eric Cooper, Chris Bower, Neil Paylor and Cliff Knapp. The Mixed team hit their straps at home against Kettering, dishing out a whalloping of 6 ½ to 1 ½. The now invincible pairing of captains Jenny Cobb and Roger Overton, won 2 and 1, Alan Shuttleworth and Carole Westcott won 3 and 2, Phil Drury and Bridget Yardley won 3 and 2, Dave Rippin and Ann Shuttleworth halved, Rick Collins and Margaret Rippin won 5 and 4, Bob Ambrose and Dianne Barnett won 6 and 5, Gerry McIntyre and Anne Milsom won 9 and 8 and Paul Milsom and Mandy Collins lost 4 and 2. The Seniors’ July Stableford attracted 70 competitors. Nick Nicolle had a red-letter day, collecting 43 points to win Division Two ahead of Mike Pell 4pts further back. New member Bob Whitham announced his arrival with third place on 38pts. Derek Cooper took Division One on 42pts ahead of Colin Brown with 40pts. Alan Bainbridge claimed 3rd spot on 39 pts after countback. Geoff Emery was nearest the pin and John Chatburn was nearest the line. Ralph Baker, Alan Garner and Geoff Emery won the Thursday Roll-Up on 86pts. In the Doubles K/O, Ted Leighton and Fred Shorrock bt Stewart Picton and Terry Loomes 3and2. Bob Goddard and Ray Taylor bt Gerry Webb and Ron Snape 3 and 2. In the Singles Cliff Knapp bt Dave Wilson on the first extra hole.

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Equestrianism

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he Cottesmore Hunt Supporters’ Club Show was a great success in July. After a last minute change of plan the show moved to Ranksboro polo ground near Langham, where they have fantastic facilities including an all-weather arena. British Showjumping classes were run for the first time, attracting riders from as far as Sheffield as well as many local competitors. Several hunt supporters, including hunt secretary Clare Bell and daughter Charlotte also took part. There was a fairytale ending to the Foxhunter class (1.20m), where James Williams, riding Calinka III, won the Mark Williams Memorial Trophy, presented in memory of his grandfather. James’ grandmother, Jean Williams, who is sister-in-law to the late great showjumper Ted Williams, presented the trophy. Alex Thompson won the 1.25m open on Shane Sutton’s Strike it Lucky while Mark Williams won the Newcomers (1.10m) on Casanova van Overis. There were classes for everyone, starting with clear round jumping at 80cm, followed by British Novice (90cm) won by Sophie Robertson, the Discovery was won by Dale Burnham and 1.00m open by Claire Robertson. There were 91 entries into the showjumping, which is very rare for a first time show – so much so that the BSJA rang the

secretary and asked them to run a series of five events starting next April, which will be invaluable to the calander. Of course none of this will be possible without sponsors and helpers, so if you think you can do either, please contact dawnross300@ googlemail.com. That same weekend Buckminster ran its annual horse trial, which was ever-popular as usual with many locals taking part. Kelly Davies from Stamford ran her mare Rio Negra in the 100 class, but after leading the dressage she added a time penalty in each phase to finish second place, which is her best result to date. Rachel Dinwoodie from Tallington also led the dressage in the Under 18 100

section, but unfortunately a slight navigational error meant that she added a few time penalties to her score to seventh and just missed out on qualification for the under 18 final. Lisa Egan from Castor has been on flying form again having had her connemara Conrad VI just coming in from a very long year off. She was fifth in her first 90 at Shelford, went on to win the 90 at Milton Keynes a few weeks later, then topped it off with a third at Purston Manor last weekend in the 100, which means that she has qualified for both the 90 and 100 regional finals in the autumn, which hopefully will qualify her for Badminton Grass Roots in 2015. Nicole Mills from Stamford also scooped a win at Shelford on one of her relatively new mounts Arden RI. Rebecca Bullock has been on flying form too at the JumpCross at Wittering winning both the Senior Intro and Senior Group 3 on her steed Kilkee, and after some great results from last time, she will have shot up the league table as well. Rebecca is now planning on upgrading to 100s. She’s out eventing now and plans to keep coming to JumpCross, which she described as being a great help to get her eye in with her new steed. There is a small break for harvest with a mini competition in August – September 13 is the date for the next normal competition.

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Bowls

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lackstones bowler Rita Downes will be making her national championship debut in late August when she competes in the English Federation finals at Skegness in the mixed pairs. But she will have plenty of experience at her side, with Jonathan Earl the defending two-bowl triples champion – a title he won last year with Martyn Dolby and Adam Warrington on the Suncastle greens. Downes and Earl earned their tilt alongside the winners of the 12 other Federation counties after winning the Northants title at Whittlesey Manor with an outstanding display in the second half against the combination of Empingham’s Jan Want and fellow Blackstones bowler Stephen Harris, who had earlier won the Under 25 singles for the second successive year. After winning his Secretary’s singles, against Andy Grief (Crowland), Want’s regular partner Mike Ramsden was feeling unwell, so Harris stepped in and the pair took a 10-7 lead after 10 ends. However, Downes and Earl began to find their length and accuracy and scoring on nine ends without reply, finally ran out comfortable 20-10 winners with ends to spare. Outstanding individual was Linda Darani (City of Peterborough) who won three of the four events in which she competed - the two and four-bowl singles and the two-bowl triples with clubmates Fiona Richardson and Norma Squires.

Her only defeat was in the Senior singles, beaten 21-10 by Helen Crow from Langtoft, who also won the three-bowl triples with Parkway team-mates Pat Reynolds and Sarah Newson having lost the 2-bowl triples final. Sheila Craig (Conservative Club) made it to three finals but emerged with only one win – a runaway victory with Liz Hext in the ladies pairs, having earlier lost to Ann Cullingworth and Ann White from Langtoft Pearl in a one-sided Senior version. One of the tightest finishes came in an entertaining Under 25 pairs where Blackstones’ Nathan Rigby and Jay TravisJenner snapped up a single on the last end to force extra time against Jonny Hall and Tom Fielding (Mitchells), only to lose it when their last bowl finished just short of its target. Results Ladies 2-bowl singles: S Newson (Parkway) lost to L Darani (City of Peterborough) 14-21; Men’s 2-bowl singles: A Thurston (Parkway) bt P Cox (Langtoft Pearl) 21-9; Men’s 4-bowl singles: N Wright (Parkway) lost to G Agger (Broadway, Yaxley) 21-8; Secretary’s singles: A Grief (Crowland) lost M Ramsden (Empingham); Men’s senior singles: M Duell (West Ward) bt J Martin (Peterborough & District) 21-13; Under 25 singles: J Corney (P & D) lost S Harris (Blackstones) 21-17. Champion of champions singles: S Roden (Whittlesey Manor) bt J Corby (Emp) 21-17; Ladies Senior pairs: P Bussey/ S Craig

(Conservative) lost A Cullingworth/A White (Langtoft Pearl) 9-20; Ladies Secretary’s singles : G Edwards (Ketton) lost V Hatch (West Ward) 18-21; Ladies Senior singles L Darani (C of P) lost H Crow (Parkway) 10-21; Men’s Senior Pairs: R Stevens/ T Mace (WM) lost to A Grief/ P Holmes (Crowland) 3-23. Under 25 pairs: J Hall/ T Fielding (Mitchells) bt J Travis-Jenner/ J Rigby (Blackstones) 18-17. Ladies pairs: V Du’Kett/ C Warters (Ketton) lost to v L Hext/S Craig 4-27; Ladies Champion of Champions: K Browning (City of Peterborough) lost to P O’Brien (Deeping Assn) 21-14; Ladies 2-bowl triples: H Crow/ S Newson/P Reynolds (Parkway) lost to N Squires/L Darani/ F Richardson (C of P) 15-14; Senior mixed Pairs: J and D Hilton (West Ward) L Barr/M Duell (West Ward) 17-13; Men’s 2-bowl triples: N Wright/ S Law/T Scarr (Parkway) bt S Roden/ R Stevens/ P Brown (WM) 20-10; Mixed pairs: J Want/S Harris (Empingham/Blackstones) lost R Downes/ J Earl (Blackstones) 21-10. Men’s Pairs: N Wilkie/A Emery (P & D) lost H Shipp/ N Wright 18-8;(Parkway); Mixed Triples: J Corney, S Green/D Corney (P&D) lost to K Martin/B Martin/ J Harford (Parkway) 25-22; Men’s 3-bowl triples: S Roden, R Stevens, P Brown (WM) bt G Jinks/ F Richardson/ B Lawrence (WM) 29-20; Ladies 3-bowl triples: A Morton/ J Duffy/ J Masters lost H Crow/ S Newson/ P Reynolds (Parkway) 20-12; Ladies 4-bowl singles: S Craig (Conservative) lost L Darani (C of P) 2111.

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